April 18, 2007

K-State coaches taking game seriously

Kansas State coach Ron Prince sensed the competitive tension when he stepped into a van outside the Vanier Football Complex on Tuesday morning. The other passengers, the Purple team coaches, grew silent, as Prince had unknowingly interrupted their strategy session leading to the Purple-White draft that afternoon. The White team coaches occupied an adjacent van. No doubt, they were talking plans as well.

The K-State coaching staff was traveling to nearby Fort Riley for a field trip of sorts, as Prince, a Junction City native whose father served in the Army, wanted his coaches to witness a troop activation ceremony, an event he believed most of his staff had not before experienced.

During the trip, Prince said "(coaches) had their sheets out and were discussing strategies."

In one van, defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar huddled with his White team assistants - Dave Brock, Greg Burns, Tim McCarty and Ricky Rahne.

Meanwhile, Prince listened in on offensive coordinator James Franklin and assistants Matt Wallerstedt, Frank Leonard, Mo Latimore and defensive graduate assistant Josh Kotelnicki on the way to the event.

"I had some head-shaking moments in there," Prince joked during his Tuesday news conference, "but just kept it to myself."

Prince hopes to shake his head, and for all the right reasons, when he observes the Purple-White spring game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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