WASHINGTON Kansas Senator Jerry Moran Thursday took a few minutes on the Senate floor to honor recently retired Kansas State University Head Football Coach Bill Snyder.
Moran walked fellow senators through Snyder's accomplishments, building K-State's football program from the ground up.
"Coach Snyder made his debut at the K-State football program in 1989, took the helm of a program known as Futility U," Moran says. "It was America's most hapless team when he arrived. The Wildcats hadn't won a single game in the previous two seasons and had the most losses of any Division-I football team, none of which we are proud of."
Moran recalled how early in his coaching career, Snyder said eh saw "the opportunity for the greatest turnaround in college football" at K-State.
"Kansans know well today that Coach Snyder lived up to those words," Moran said. "It was a miracle turnaround."
In 27 season at K-State,Snyder won 215 games and led the Wildcats to 19 bowl games. K-State also won two Big 12 titles under Snyder.
Moran told senators Snyder's accomplishments are "especially remarkable given the state of the program when he took over as head coach."
Moran also spoke on Snyder's contributions to the university, the Manhattan community and the state of Kansas, from helping to spur increased enrollment and academic-programs at K-State to helping to boost economic development with his program's success.
More important than the career numbers, Moran credited Snyder for being a "developer of young men, someone with an extraordinary work ethic and a high level, an extremely high level of integrity.
"I appreciate the impact Coach bill Snyder has had on Kansas State University and our state," Moran said. "His legacy will forever be enshrined there. We wish all the best to Coach Snyder, to his wife Sharon, and the entire Snyder family in this new chapter of their lives."