Originally published November 23, 2008 at 09:25p.m., updated November 23, 2008 at 10:01p.m.

Sources: Snyder to return as K-State football coach

Retiring Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder talks to offensive lineman Jeremy Clary (66) before the Wildcats' game with Missouri in 2005 in Manhattan. Snyder announced his retirement after 17 years as head coach, but then announced he would return three years later.

Retiring Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder talks to offensive lineman Jeremy Clary (66) before the Wildcats' game with Missouri in 2005 in Manhattan. Snyder announced his retirement after 17 years as head coach, but then announced he would return three years later.


Bill Snyder has told Kansas State officials that he will return to coach the Wildcats.

A person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press that the 69-year-old Snyder would be introduced at a news conference Monday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

Snyder retired three years ago after turning around the football program at Kansas State in what’s been called “the Miracle in Manhattan.” He left with a 136-68-1 record and was replaced by Ron Prince.

The school said only that the news conference was to discuss the coaching situation.


railer1122 9 years, 7 months ago

All this is going to do will bring in new assistants, and will probably then hire within the program. He will bring in some good coordinators then resign for good, after 5 years. 5 year 1.8 mil annually contract. Not bad for the age of 69.

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 7 months ago

Venables must really have ticked a lot of important people off at K-State...37 years old, one of the hot d-coordinators, at a big time school....KS native, KSU grad....and they hire the old man. What's his legacy going to be, if they can't win again? the kitty cats are indeed in turmoil if it turns to this.

actorman 9 years, 7 months ago

Has there EVER been a coach who returned years later to the same place and was successful? It's almost impossible to duplicate former glory, and I would be shocked if Snyder ever has any kind of impact at KSUck this time around. It's like the old saying, "You can't go home again."I guess they couldn't get Patterson, huh?

Cody Stumma 9 years, 7 months ago

Should we still chalk down a win next year for KU?

rockchalkblock 9 years, 7 months ago

Yes you should! Does anybody remember people wanting Snyder to retire, he was starting to run the team in to the ground after KU beat them in 04, my personal opinion is hes gonna end up as the College version of Al Davis.. he even looks like him a bit HAHA and look where the Raiders are theses days.

rolo2383 9 years, 7 months ago

A guy I know who grew up in Manhattan and is close to the program said that he heard Snyder was bringing Phil Bennett back with him to succeed him in a few years once they stabilize the program. I have no idea how accurate this is but he seemed to think this was the case. I guess time will tell.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 7 months ago

The question is can Snyder do anything to turn around K-State? rockchalkblock is right. K-State was headed downhill fast when Snyder left - appearing to attempt to save face. I think this just means he gets sand kicked in it for a few more years. Good news for KU IMO.Rock Chalk

John Mueller 9 years, 7 months ago

Not sure that it means anything for KU, but it's good for K-State if the plan is to stabilize the program and extend the coaching search to 2-3 seasons vs. 2 or 3 months.Bill Snyder's tenure at Kansas State is arguably the greatest coaching achievement in the history of college football.His legacy is intact regardless.Agree on Venables. I think Snyder has essentially been back in the decision seat and he must not be a big fan. Patterson must have said no, and so why not bring back the legend. I don't think there is any question the man can coach, I guess the question is:a. can he still recruit 17-18 yr. olds andb. how do you sell this 2nd time around story to kids, how long, why, how are you going to get me in the pros.He has a pretty good story with regards to the NFL.With regards to KU, hopefully we are not competing with them for recruits anyway. I think we are trying to beat Nebraska, OU and Texas these days. Hopefully, we've moved past K-State in terms of competing for talent.

jayhawkintexas 9 years, 7 months ago

During Snyder's last two years, a lot of the KSU alumni had concerns that the program was declining. Snyder's brilliance was that he hired excellent assistant coaches (Stoops, Mangino, Once those assistants started to leave, the program began to slide. I doubt if he can hire the caliber of assistants that he used to have.

Patrickulating 9 years, 7 months ago

I've been hearing for weeks that this was a done deal from a buddy who knows a guy who...The next part of his story is Snyder is going to coach at a greatly reduced salary and is going to pay his assistants much more than they would likely make elsewhere. There is an argument going on in house because some apparently think that Snyder must make more than Mangino.

Joe Joseph 9 years, 7 months ago

Kstate's AD has lost his mind. This is the most retarded hire of all time. LOL

areyouserious 9 years, 7 months ago

It appears that they couldnt get anybody, including Venables and Patterson, that wanted to coach in Mancrappenin, KS.....................sorry kats fans, ol man Snyder isnt the answer for the program......he is so far removed from the recruiting scene..........................oh yeah and by the way......Freeman is leaving as well!! Good luck!

Jeff Hargate 9 years, 7 months ago

I like the plan of Snyder and a "wingman". The "wingman" better have a name like Venables, Bennett or McCarney and recruit like no other. I bet Joe Bob Clements goes back to KSU...

LakeShawnee 9 years, 7 months ago

Lets not kid ourselves, the best thing that could happen for K-State Athletics is for them to fire their Athletic Director. Moreover, so long as K-State measures success as how many times they beat KU, then they will never become a major program in anything. Living in our shadow for so long has given each and every K-State fan such a complex that it is incredible.I can't speak for all KU fans, but for this one, beating Mizzou and K-State is soothing (especially Mizzou), but it doesn't make or break the respective season when we do. Making a bowl game or making a deep run in the NCAA tournament does that.Lets not be idiots here. Ron Prince was 2-0 versus Texas but 0-3 versus Kansas. Over in Manhattan my friends, that will get you an earlier exit from the Flint Hills than your first recruiting class. Simply put, beating KU is EVERYTHING to K-State fans. It doesn't matter if Snyder returns K-State to glory or not, all they remember is him habitually beating the piss out of us. In their eyes, so long as he does that again, who cares whether he competes on the national stage. Tragic.

DallasHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

How quickly kstaters forget where their team was before snyder came in. they were the lauging stock of NCAA with only 2 winning seasons in 34 years. So i think Prince was par for the course. bottom line is that you can't recruit in that hell hole. Snyder can't fly in recruits directly into Manhatten and it's a tough sell to have a four star recruit drive down I-70 past Lawrence. In 2 years they will be calling for his head just like they were 4 years ago.

RckChalkJeff 9 years, 7 months ago

SOooooo lame. lol at KSUck. 3 years from now they'll be in this same boat.

Lance Hobson 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow, did you hear that? I think it was the sound of Snyder's legacy going town the toilet!

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