PHOENIX Beyond the matchups on the field and Kansas State's game plan to beat UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, a big topic of discussion in Phoenix centers around K-State's legendary coach.
Will this be Bill Snyder's final game?
A report earlier this month cited sources that had said the 78-year-old Snyder was leaning toward coming back for at least one more season.
But as the 7-5 Wildcats prepare to take on the 6-6 Bruins in the desert, no one (at least not publicly) seems to know if the Cactus Bowl will be Snyder's final game as a head coach.
"I hope it's not," says one loyal fan who made the approximately 1,120-mile trip to Phoenix. "I'd like him to stay as long as he's able to do it because he had a tremendous impact on our university and on our state."
Purple-clad fans agreed with the sentiment, discussing Snyder's character and impact on K-State students beyond his football roster.
"I think he's a great coach and a great role model for the kids," another fan says.
Snyder holds a 209-110-1 record at K-State in a place where he's turned a college football doormat into a dependable bowl qualifier and two-time Big 12 champion. Ahead of the Cactus Bowl, Snyder is 8-10 in bowl games.