Bret Bielema: No matter what I said, Bill Snyder was going to disagree
Posted by: Chris Vannini on October 3, 2012
Bill Snyder's eating habits have become a bit of a story.
On the Big 12 coaches teleconference earlier in the week, Snyder revealed that he only eats one meal a day, and it comes late at night. That meal often is Taco Bell. So when Bret Bielema was on SiriusXM College Sports Nation on Wednesday, he was asked about Snyder's eating.
"He is unbelievable," the former Snyder assistant said. "When I worked for him, you always hear the cliché, 'Leave no stone unturned.' He lives that, and then he asks you to turn it over again. He is an unbelievable workaholic. I remember we became very close with some of the people who worked in the building. At one point, I came in early in the morning and was having a cup of coffee. The custodian was in there and he had a sheet of paper and some red notes on it. I said, 'Is that today's plan?'
He said, 'No, that's just notes from Coach Snyder on how I can do my job better.' That's when I knew I was working for a guy that believes in details."
Bielema confirmed Snyder's love for Taco Bell, as well as some sweets by telling another story about the coach's desire for perfection.
"We used to run Wednesday punt return meetings and he would come into my office about 11 o'clock on Wednesday night and we would go at it for about an hour or an hour-and-a-half, and it was probably the most enjoyable hour of my week," Bielema said. "Because no matter what I said, he was going to disagree. In the end, we'd end up being on the same page and have a heck of a meeting and move forward. We won a lot of games together.
"The part that I always loved, he'd be nibbling on a Snickers bar at about 11:30 and that would probably be the first meal of the day if Taco Bell hadn't stepped in."
You can listen to some of Bielema's interview by clicking here. Below are his postgame comments from Saturday' loss at Nebraska.
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