NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder share deep roots. Stoops spent seven seasons (1989-95) as the Wildcats' secondary coach and then defensive coordinator.
Before that, Stoops was a defensive back at Iowa while Snyder was the offensive coordinator and served as one of the Hawkeyes' graduate assistants while Snyder was still on the staff.
In all, Stoops spent 17 years around Snyder as either a player, a graduate assistant or serving under him as an assistant coach.
The OU coach said there isn't one specific lesson learned from Snyder. But Snyder's meticulous nature did have an impact on Stoops
"I think attention to detail. All the little things matter," Stoops said when asked about what he's tried to copy from his years working with Snyder. "I think evaluation and developing your team and to be methodical and constant about it. I guess that's the best way to put it."