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Bill Snyder signs a five-year extension with K-State

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What Bill Snyder has done for the Kansas State football program will go down as one of the best coaching jobs/turnarounds in the history of the game. What Snyder has done with the Wildcats since coming back from retirement in 2009 is remarkable as well.

K-State won a Big 12 title in 2012 and were one game away — an embarrassing loss 52-24 loss to Baylor — from likely playing for a national championship. The Wildcats hope to continue that success under Snyder for up to another five years.

In a release, the university announced a five-year extension with an automatic rollover provision after each season for the 73-year-old Snyder. The deal is worth $14.75 million and takes him through the 2017 season. Snyder will make $2.75 million in 2013 with annual increases of $100,000, along with other benefits.

“Coach Snyder’s daily drive, focus and energy in continuing to build the K-State football program are truly remarkable and inspirational,” said  K-State athletic director John Currie. “While he is not one to focus attention on himself, President Schulz and I felt that it was important to recognize in this very significant way his tremendous leadership and commitment to continuing to lead the K-State football program.”

“My entire family and I have been so very grateful for the genuine, caring and loyal support K-Staters have provided our coaches, staff, families and young people on a yearly basis,” Snyder said. “And, as I have stated so often we came to Kansas State because of the people, stayed because of the people and returned because of the people, and that remains unchanged. We have continued to make daily improvement as a football program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue and will do so as long as I feel that I am having a positive impact on our university, community and football program and the young men that are involved. I appreciate so very much the leadership of President Schulz and John Currie, in addition to all past administrators and staff, and their commitment to our football program.”

Snyder has put together a 170-85-1 overall record during his 20-plus years in Manhattan, and a 34-16 record since his return in 2009.

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10 Responses to “Bill Snyder signs a five-year extension with K-State”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 31, 2013 11:55 AM

    Coach Snyder is one of the best of the best, the top elite in coaching on the college level and a living legend for what he already has done at K-State. If he wants a 5 year extension, give it to him (and glad K-State did!) He will be even “younger” when that extension expires and maybe another one after that! How ever long he wants to work, let him!

    Glad to see the president and AD are supportive and him that well-deserved vote of confidence.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:59 PM

    Bill Snyder is an incredible coach. Kansas State was the biggest laughing stock in college football when he took over in 1989 and the minute he left it started floundering.

    This guy gets more out of JC players and 2-3 star talent than anyone in the NCAA.

    Good health to you sir.

  3. TxGrown says: Jan 31, 2013 4:44 PM

    All class! He is more about the team, school and his community than his own legacy.

  4. kattykathy says: Jan 31, 2013 6:37 PM

    The best college coach in the country, period.

    If he was at a Alabama, or USC he would win the most championships in history.

    But he has too much class and loyalty to be a Kiffen or a Saban

  5. jimmy53 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:10 PM

    kattykathy says: “The best college coach in the country, period.”

    Seriously? You can’t honestly believe this. There’s no denying what he did this year was astounding, but there’s also a reason why when the chips were down his team got smoked.

    I’d say he’s probably the 5th or 6th best coach at best. Here’s hoping his health holds out–that’s a big commitment by Kansas.

  6. mdac1012 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:48 PM

    He is certainly one of the best coaches in college football and the coaching job he did at K-State may be the best coaching turnaround in history. When he got there in 1989 K-State had 4 winning seasons in the previous 53 years. Five years later he had them ranked in the top 20 for 8 straight years.

  7. mdac1012 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:50 PM

    *** That should read***

    Five years later, he started them on a run of being ranked in the top twenty for 8 straight years.

  8. florida727 says: Feb 1, 2013 9:27 AM

    I’m not a K-State fan, but I’ve watched them from a distance and I agree with those above who posted what a good coach and person he seems to be. You’ve never heard of the NCAA beating a path to his door. And going from 4 winning seasons in 53 years to a perennially ranked team is pretty remarkable.

    Personally, I hope the guy lives to be a million and coaches the entire time. All the accolades he’s gotten are very obviously well-earned. He’s revered locally and K-State’s administrative were smart to reward him for the loyalty he’s shown them and the fan support for their program he’s generated. Congratulations, Coach Snyder.

  9. mogogo1 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:41 AM

    jimmy53 says
    …”that’s a big commitment by Kansas.”


    Darn kind of the Kansas Jayhawks to help pay the salary of Kansas State’s coach. You just don’t see that much these days. /sarcasm

    The fact they got “smoked” without a doubt was impacted by the fact they don’t get anywhere near the quality of players the top programs get. Or do you think coaching ability can totally overcome the fact a team has zero 5 star recruits while the opponents have tons of them?

  10. jimmy53 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:58 AM


    My bad. Thanks for pointing out the mistake–and I didn’t say he was a bad coach. I said he was one of the top 5 or 6, but as long as Saban is still coaching, he’s simply not the best..and there’s others that did a comparable job to Snyder.

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