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Away From Home

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Snyder retires

And the big news out of K-State today, as I'm sure you've all heard:

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder is retiring after this season, the school said Tuesday.

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The 66-year-old Snyder took over the Wildcats' program in 1989, and is 135-68-1 in Manhattan, including a run of 11 straight bowl games that began with the 1993 season.

But after winning the Big 12 championship in 2003, Kansas State has stumbled to two straight losing seasons.

Despite the recent setbacks, Snyder is credited with one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history. When he took over in 1989, Kansas State was the only major college football program with 500 losses.

This stat says it all:

Snyder's 17 seasons: 135 wins
54 seasons before Snyder: 137 wins

I've also heard that the school is renaming KSU Stadium to "Bill Snyder Family Stadium." When asked why the word "family" is included, Snyder's response was that his family sacrificed so much for his job, that he wanted the name to refer to them.

I support that. Classy move.

Here's to you, Coach Snyder, the best coach in Wildcat history, and architect of the only worst-to-first turnaround in college football history.


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