Bill Snyder was never warm and cuddly. Not 28 years ago when he first arrived at Kansas State. Not now, when, at the age of 78, he is closing out a coaching career that, at times, has produced magic.
Consider the landscape of Kansas State football when Snyder was hired for the first time as KSU football coach in 1989.
The Wildcats were working on an 0-26-1 stretch of bad football which produced winning records in only 4 of their previous 44 seasons.
Snyder went 1-10 in his first season, 5-6 in his second and he was off and running. He under scheduled for years to produce wins.
By the time he decided to retire in 2005, KState was a Top 20 program.
The second act hasn’t been as good as the first, but it hasn’t been bad. The Wildcats closed their season on Tuesday night with a 35-17 victory over UCLA in the Cactus Bow for their fifth straight win and an 8-5 record.
After the game, the elephant in the room was addressed again as Snyder, dealing with cancer and well past the normal retirement age, was asked about HIS future.
“”I have no idea,” said Snyder, who does have an idea, but has yet to announce it. “”We’ll talk about it later.”
The guess here is that this is the right time in the right place for Bill Snyder to put away his X and O chart, which is a prime reason why he is TMG’s Newsmaker of The Week after a last hurrah type of effort.