Rumors are beginning to circulate that Bill Snyder has been facing some health issues. At 77 years old, many have wondered for some time when Snyder might decide to retire and who will be his successor.
For the most part, that discussion has only happened amongst the fan base.
Here is the latest, according to Tim Fitzgerald at GoPowerCat.com:
Dating back to December, I have been aware of some health concerns for Coach LHC Bill Snyder. I have not felt comfortable releasing this information until Coach Snyder chooses to do so himself. Now, speculation surrounding Snyder’s health is becoming public and I will address this topic solely for the purpose of quieting false speculation.
Recently Kansas State coach LHC Bill Snyder has been receiving treatment at a Kansas City medical facility for a serious, but very treatable health issue that GPC is choosing to not identify at this time. Snyder is currently taking some time off to address his health, but is expected to coach next season for Kansas State. As of this writing, there are no plans for Snyder to retire or for a successor as K-State’s head football coach to be named.
The good news, according to Fitzgerald, is that the health issue is “very treatable” and there don’t appear to be any plans for Snyder to retire or for a successor.
Frankly, I’ve got to believe that there are plans, behind the scenes, for Snyder’s replacement. If there isn’t, there should be. He’s a helluva coach and is a legend, but Father Time gets the best of everyone. No one has beat it… and I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Bill Snyder won’t be the first!
It’s well known Synder would love for his son, Sean, who is currently on the staff, to be the “next man up”. But many fans, myself included, would prefer to look in a different direction. Brent Venables may be a pipe dream at this point. Jim Leavitt?
Kansas State will have options… just don’t make the Ron Prince mistake again.
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