Coach Bill Snyder revealed in February that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. He opened up about the health scare yesterday, and thankfully, there is some good news.
“I’m finished with all the treatments, just kind of going through the after-effects right now and will get tested again a while down the road in a few months.” Coach Snyder said.
Done with treatments, coach Snyder returned to the sideline last week focused on football, though he admits, he isn’t spending as much time on it as he used to as he deals with lingering effects from his treatment.
As far as what the health scare means for his future, he plans to coach through the 2017 season, but would not speculate to anything more. If this is coach Snyder’s last ride with the Wildcats, it could be a special season as the K-State is one of the favorite to win the Big 12. For a coach that has become famous for getting more out of his players than anyone else, I can only imagine what this team would do to try to send him out on top.
Snyder’s health scare has been hard on the players as well.
“It was tough,” Kansas State linebacker Trent Tanking said, “because we know coach is a very private person. We wanted to help, but we also know that he wanted to handle it in his own way. He let us know how he was doing the whole time. He let us know his energy was well.”
Coach opened up about one other thing, too. The support he’s received. It has been astounding. Almost, overwhelming. He said he’s received thousands of letters from people wishing him better over the last few weeks.
“That’s become quite a chore,” he said. “I’m a little bit behind. It’s just being able to express my appreciation for people who genuinely care.”
Sorry coach Snyder, because as I sit here and write this I can’t help but think about what you mean to this game. A game that means so much to so many, and for 25 years you have shown what you can accomplish doing things the right way. When you do decide to move on from the game, it will never be the same. So, I’m sorry coach, I’m about to add to your workload. I need to get started on my letter.