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Dimel returns to KSU to join Snyder's staff

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder wasted little time in hiring former Wildcats assistant coach and player Dana Dimel on Tuesday.

Several Kansas and Arizona newspapers reported that Dimel, who was Arizona's tight end and running backs coach for the past three seasons, would replace Dave Brock on Snyder's staff.

Dimel, who has served on three previous coaching staffs at Kansas State, told the Arizona Daily Star it was difficult to leave Mike Stoops' staff.

"It's a really sad day for me, to tell you the truth," Dimel told the Star. "I'm having the hardest time leaving my guys. That's the part that makes it very difficult."

He will be reunited with Snyder, on whose staff he was a member from 1989-96. He later served as a graduate assistant on Snyder's staff in 2005 after he had been fired as Houston's head coach in 2002.

"Being back there with Bill Snyder is a big thing," Dimel said. "He made a big gesture by stepping up to try to resuscitate Kansas State. I feel like I have a lot vested there. A lot of us do."

Brock, who was Kansas State's offensive coordinator for former coach Ron Prince, was kept on Snyder's staff but moved on to Boston College.