Among the hoopla of Selection Sunday, news broke that Bill Snyder is retiring from Kansas State, and it was made official in an announcement from the school on Sunday afternoon. The Purple Wizard is hanging up the windbreaker.
“Coach Snyder has had an immeasurable impact on our football program, Kansas State University, the Manhattan community and the entire state of Kansas, and it has been an honor and a privilege to get to know and work with him the past two years,” said Athletics Director Gene Taylor. “He and his family have touched the lives of so many people, from student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and he is truly one of the greatest coaches and leaders in college football history. His impact on college football is unmatched and legacy is one that will last a lifetime.”
With 215 wins in 333 games over nearly 30 years, Bill Snyder is the winningest coach in Kansas State history, and it’s not close. Coach Snyder put the Wildcats on the college football map, and forever changed the program’s potential.
“This university, this community and this state are deeply indebted to Coach Bill Snyder. Since arriving on campus in 1989, coach has delivered on all his promises — and more. He brought Kansas State University football to the national stage and built a program on the bedrock of integrity, honor and his famed 16 goals for success,” said Richard Myers, Kansas State University president.’
Keep his promises he did. When taking the job back in 1989, Snyder promised that he would build a program on quality and class, and he did just that as he became college football’s North Star of sportsmanship.
“He came here, and stayed here, because of the people,” Myers said. “He made us a family — a proud purple family who travel in record numbers to watch him lead the Wildcats to victories, bowls and rankings never achieved before. Coach Snyder has always taken the time and care to turn his players into college graduates, community leaders, successful businessmen and leaders of strong families. Bill Snyder is a legend and his legacy is one that K-Staters for generations will value and cherish,”
Snyder will go down as one of the best, as nobody has done more with less. It’s the end of an era. Truly, because most fans don’t know college football without coach Snyder. EMAW.