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September 19, 2012

HORNING: Stoops must know Snyder's secret

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NORMAN — Snyder is a genius, yes. He works 100-hour weeks, very possibly. And who wants to disappoint a legend whose name is on the stadium? There’s all of that but it doesn’t answer the question.

How and why exactly?

Prince must have been disciplined. He must have thought he was running a tight, strong, organized ship.

But not like Snyder.

Bob Stoops has to know the secrets.

“Not being in the building, it’s hard for me to say what they’ve changed,” Stoops said. “I just see what the end product is and you see a lot of good football.”

What about when he was there?

“Just being demanding in discipline and how you play and your technique and I think, too, they are very bright in the schemes and what they put on the field,” Stoops said. “All of it together probably.”

But there is nothing fascinating about that.

That doesn’t tell us that Snyder sees opponent game film in a way nobody else sees it; or that he has some special way with his assistant coaches that simply brings out their very best; or that he’s a play-calling savant, better than everybody else.

It has to be something.

It must be something.

Nobody overachieves like a Bill Snyder football team.

“They do a great job of playing sound, fundamental, gap football,” Landry Jones said. “They are tough against the run and they do a really good job in the passing game with keeping everyone in front of them and making you kind of snap the ball.”

I’m not sure what “snapping” the ball really means, but it must make it more difficult, which is interesting. But that doesn’t explain Snyder’s genius either.

Whatever it is, it works.

Whatever it is, the Wildcats overachieve.

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