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Clements named first member of Snyder's staff

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements has been named as the first member of Bill Snyder's new staff at Kansas State.

Clements had worked at Kansas for one season. Before that, he was a defensive line coach under coordinator Bobby Elliott at San Diego State and served as the Aztecs' recruiting coordinator in 2007.

Earlier, Clements served on Snyder's staff for the final three years of his coaching tenure from 2003-05. He will coach the Wildcats' defensive ends.

It's not a surprise that Clements, a former standout defensive end at KSU who arrived as a walk-on, would find his way back to his old school. But it will be interesting to see how many of Snyder's old players and coaches would come back with him.

I've heard repeated reports that former San Diego State coach Chuck Long, who played under Snyder at Iowa and was perhaps his greatest player, could end up in Manhattan as the Wildcats' coordinator under the right circumstances.

And ex-Clemson coordinator Vic Koenning, a former Kansas State player and coach, resigned from the Tigers' staff earlier this week. His stock has never been hotter after each of his first three Clemson defenses finished in the top 25 in scoring, rushing defense, total defense, and pass efficiency defense each season.

I'm a little surprised that Snyder didn't announce all of his coaches at once. But Clements is a start and a big name that shows Kansas State fans that Snyder is intent on building his program with familiar coaches.

I'm wondering if the rabid Kansas State fan base is happy about this move? And who are some other coaches they would be interested in seeing join Snyder's staff?