Bill Snyder couldn't even get his seat warm at the Big 12 Media Day press conference on Monday before being asked to comment about the punishment thrown at Penn State. It's the topic of discussion in just about every sports news cycle going, crossing over sports and regions.
Predictably, Snyder said he hadn't thought about it, and deflected the attention back to Kansas State and the Big 12, another conference that has seen a few cosmetic changes recently. For the Wildcats, they were picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 last season and sixth this season. Not a lot of respect for a 10-win team, but Snyder wants to make sure the Wildcats don't take the underdog role for granted, whether playing with it or against it.
"One of the things that we have to be concerned about this coming season is that very simple concept of not taking anything for granted. And I think sometimes underdog or favorite, the favorite role is one that's more complex because it's easier to kind of take it for granted.
"I think our youngsters have responded well in regards to maybe not so much dealing with the fact that they are an underdog or they're ranked lower, that it may be more so in the day-to-day improvement just trying to compete every single day to get themselves a little bit better and realizing the rest of it takes care of itself."