Longtime Kansas State Wildcats coach Bill Snyder was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and, not surprisingly, was as humble as ever and thanked practically everyone.
“This is not a Bill Snyder award,” he said. “It doesn’t happen without my family, all of them, and the wonderful Kansas State people who genuinely care about the program and mean so much to me. This doesn’t happen without them.”
Snyder offered more on his time in Manhattan.
“I mean it when I said I came to Kansas State because of the people and stayed at Kansas State because of the people,” Snyder said. “I will never forget those people I spoke to on campus before I took the job. I didn’t talk specifically about football, because I was trying to stay anonymous.
“It was cold, well below freezing, and they had no reason to stop and talk to me, but they were so nice, and I could tell they cared deeply about the university. That meant everything to me.
“Those are the people I want to share this with. I hope all the great Kansas State people out there know that when I say thank you, I genuinely mean it.”
Snyder, 76, has been head coach at Kansas State for 24 years over two separate stints, serving as AD for a few years following his initial retirement in 2005. He has gone 193-100-1 (112-77-1 Big 12) over that stretch with two conference titles and a bowl record of 7-9. He has never won a national championship, but has left his mark on the game nonetheless.
If there’s anyone who deserves this honor, it’s certainly him.
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