Some upsetting news coming from Manhattan, Kansas today as the school’s longtime head football coach, Bill Snyder, was diagnosed with a form of throat cancer. Snyder is expected to be with the team for the start of spring practice next month, which is encouraging.
The 77-year old said in a lengthy statement that he has been receiving treatments for the last three weeks at the KU Medical Center, and his doctors informed him that he should expect a “positive outcome.” Snyder stated that his coaching staff will continue to carry out the team’s responsibilities to make sure they stay on track while he is away.
Last year, his 23rd with the team, Snyder led Kanas State to a 9-4 record, a win over Teas A&M in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, and even recorded his 2ooth career win as a head coach. Although he is up there in age, he seems to have some years left of coaching in him, so hopefully he is able to have a quick and healthy recovery from this battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill Snyder, his family, and his football team.
Who is Bill Snyder?
- Bill Snyder is the head football coach at Kansas State. He first coached at the school from 1989-2005, and was then rehired in 2009, to where he still coaches today.
- Snyder has a career coaching record of 202-105-1, and has won numerous coaching accolades along the way, including Big 12 Coach of the Year (3x), AP Coach of the Year, and Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2x).
- Under Snyder, Kansas State has won 2 Big 12 titles (2003, 2012), and 4 Big 12 North Division titles (1998-2000, 2003)
- His record in bowl games is 8-10.
- In February 2017, Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer, but was informed that it is a treatable form. He is expected to be with his team for the start of their spring practices.