K-State coach Bill Snyder announces retirement

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH/AP) Sunday

Bill Snyder is retiring as the coach of Kansas State, ending his three-decade relationship with the program that included 27 years on the sideline interrupted by a brief retirement.

The 79-year-old Snyder decided to step away Sunday, a day after the Wildcats finished a 5-7 season with a disheartening loss to Iowa State that eliminated them from bowl eligibility.

The school announced that a search for his replacement would begin immediately.

Snyder turned around one of the worst programs in college football when he arrived in 1988, making it a perennial powerhouse in the Big 12. He finishes his career with a record of 215-117-1, trips to 19 bowl games, two Big 12 championships and a spot in college football's Hall of Fame.

Along the way, he overcame throat cancer, sent dozens of players to the NFL and gave countless assistants a path to becoming head coaches.

Update 7 p.m. Friday

Friday night comes with the future of Kansas State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder up in the air.

The next time the Kansas State football team takes the field inside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the Cats will host Nicholls State in the 2019 season opener. For now, one huge variable is still in the air... who will be the head coach?

The Wildcats ended their season with a gut-wrenching loss at Iowa State to end the season 5-7. It's the first time the Cats will be without a trip to a post-season bowl game since 2008.

Since that loss, questions about Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder have been swirling around the program, as to whether he will retire or stay for another season with the Cats

Earlier today Eyewitness News spoke to some students about what Snyder means to the University

“I mean it’s incredible, he came out of retirement to bring our football program back and I think that’s pretty cool, and I think he is just an all around good guy," one student said.

When an announcement on Snyder's future is made, Eyewitness News will release that information with a push alert on the KWCH 12 app.

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Update 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Kansas State University Head Football Coach Bill Snyder arrives at the university's Vanier Football Complex as media and fans anticipate a decision on his future with the program.

Monday, K-State Athletic Director Gene Taylor said he expected to sit down with Snyder to discuss the coach's future by the end of the week.

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Update Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Tim Fitzgerald of GoPowerCat.com reports on a VIP board post that Kansas State University Head Football Coach Bill Snyder will likely step down from his position by the end of the week.

A report from 247Sports also says K-State is targeting North Texas' Seth Littrell as its top option to replace Snyder.

Thursday night, University of North Texas Athletic Director Wren Baker addressed rumors concerning its football coach.

"Let's remember reporters are evaluated on click counts," Baker wrote. "I've read stories every day linking Coach to every open job. And every day he's been here working and recruiting for UNT. No need to fret over rumors."


In two stints covering 27 season at K-State from 1989 to 2005 and 2009 to 2018, Snyder has an overall record of 215-117.

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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

In a Monday conversation with KMAN, Kansas State University Athletic Director Gene Taylor says he expects to sit down with Wildcat head football coach Bill Snyder this week to discuss Snyder's future with the program he's credited for building from the ground up.

That meeting was expected Wednesday, however the two did not meet or discuss any updates, and there is no timetable for that meeting.

The disappointing end to the 2018 season comes with speculation that the Nov. 24 loss at Iowa State could be Snyder's last on the Wildcat sideline.

Taylor didn't indicate one way or the other if he expects to hire a new coach in the offseason.

"I think we'll get something settled this week," Taylor says. "He's got some things he wants to work through. We'll probably get together later this week and just kind of talk through the season and talk about things that, you know, we need to do to get better and figure out what the next steps are."

One question Taylor addressed in the Monday-morning interview was whether recent moves at other schools, including a decision by Texas Tech to fire head coach Cliff Kingsbury put extra pressure on any timeline there may be regarding a decision on Snyder's future.

In a nutshell, Taylor says he's not focused on what's happening at other schools and believes K-State stands strong enough to attract the right candidates when Snyder does step down, whether that be this week or still a few years out.

"To me, I think if there is a change, I have confidence in our program, I have confidence in who we are as an institution that we're gonna have a lot of candidates that are gonna be interested to come to K-State," he says.

He says when it comes to discussing Snyder's future, the decorated coach does have a lot of latitude based on what he's done for K-State football, the university and even the state of Kansas.

While Taylor says he does value what the fans want, he's not going to make a decision about Snyder based on what various opinion polls may say. Wildcat Insider cited one poll that overwhelmingly showed support for K-State moving forward with a search for a new coach.

In addition to meeting with Snyder this week, Taylor says he'll talk with K-State President Richard Myers to talk about where Wildcat football is as a program.

"At the end of the day, my job as AD is to figure out how to make the program better," Taylor says.