A person familiar with his decision says Bill Snyder will return for his 27th season with Kansas State, ending weeks of speculation about the future of the 78-year-old coach.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because Snyder has not made his plans public. He said after a Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA last week that he was still mulling whether to return next season or retire for the second time.
“As I have stated many times, as long as I remain in good health, am wanted and have a positive impact on the young people in our program, I will continue to be the head coach at Kansas State University," said Snyder in a statement. "Those factors have not changed, and I look forward to meeting with our players and beginning our out-of-season program when classes resume. I appreciate President Myers and Gene Taylor for their continued support of me, our program and our University. They are truly special K-Staters.”
Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer last offseason, but hardly missed a practice and headed into the year with high expectations. But a series of early losses scuttled Big 12 title hopes, and it took a run at the end of the year just to become eligible for a bowl game.
“We are excited that Coach Snyder has decided to continue to lead our program and look forward to building off the late-season momentum which included five wins in our final six games, a Top 10 road win and Cactus Bowl victory. I know he and his staff, in addition to our student-athletes, are anxious to get winter workouts and spring practices underway in preparation for next season,” said Athletics Director Gene Taylor.
The Hall of Fame coach is 210-110-1 since taking over the Wildcats in 1988.