Those of you who have been watching news of the NBA offseason might have noticed that former Missouri head coach Quin Snyder was named to the same position for the Utah Jazz this past week. Because it relates to the glory days of the conference (when we actually had 12 teams), I thought it would be fun to look back on those days when Snyder stalked the sidelines opposite our crew in cardinal and gold.
Snyder was first hired at Missouri in 1999 and immediately made a splash in the conference, defeating Kansas in his very first attempt. During his tenure with the Tigers, Snyder squared off against my favorite ISU coach (not including Fred), Larry Eustachy.
I remember watching a number of exciting games and despising our baby-faced opponent. Most notable is that the photos that eventually led to Eustachy’s resignation occurred after a loss to Snyder.
The Missouri coach would go on to face Wayne Morgan for several years, going 2-4 against Iowa State. He resigned in 2006 after an NCAA investigation, which produced nothing remarkable. He then spent years coaching in the NBA D-League, Europe, and as an assistant in the NBA before being named to the Utah Jazz vacancy on June 6th.
While he was always a tough opponent, it is good to see a former Big 12 coach see success at the next level. Feel free to leave your “fondest” memories of Snyder in the comments section.