First reported by GoPowercat.com, Kansas State defensive coordinator Tom Hayes is retiring after seven seasons with the Wildcats. While in Manhattan Hayes helped the Wildcats to seven consecutive bowl games, three bowl wins, and a Big 12 championship in 2012.
Hayes joined the K-State coaching staff in 2011 as a defensive backs coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. During his tenure, Hayes’ defenses historically ranked in the middle of the pack over all, and were generally better at stopping the run than the pass. Last season, the Cats finished 17th in rushing yards allowed (121.8), but 129th in passing yards allowed (310.3).
Hayes’ departure leaves even more questions at the top of the Wildcat program.
Kansas State is already entering the 2018 season with a brand new offensive coordinator. Dana Dimel left the program to be head coach at UTEP. Dimel was replaced by wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Andre Coleman.
Which means, the Wildcats will have new coordinators on both sides of the ball for the 2018 season. And of course, one of the biggest questions the K-State program is facing is just how much longer will Snyder continue to coach?
With so much change at the top, and inevitably more change to come in the foreseeable future, recruits will have to take that into consideration when choosing K-State. Will the coach that signs them still be there when they graduate? For the 12 defensive recruits that signed with Kansas State in December during the first ever early signing period, that answer is already no, and they haven’t even attended a class yet.