Bill Snyder isn’t going anywhere, at least not in 2018. According to K-State Rivals affiliate, Snyder is reportedly planning to coach the Wildcats in 2018, when he turns 79 years old.
Rumors have circled in recent weeks as to whether or not Snyder would continue coaching or hang ’em up and retire. It’s been a long year for the head coach, who took a leave of absence in the offseason to battle throat cancer. But he returned in the summer for camp and did not miss any games this season.
Last month, Brett McMurphy reported that former AD John Currie attempted to bring Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt aboard as a head coach-in-waiting, but that Snyder rejected the idea. Kansas State since came out and said that Snyder has the job until he doesn’t want it. But Snyder did confirm he offered Leavitt a position on the staff.
The Wildcats are coming off a disappointing 7-5 season. The began the season ranked in the Top 25 and were considered a dark horse to win the Big 12. But K-State did finish the season winning four of five games and appeared to have found their quarterback of the future in Skylar Thompson.
Snyder has made it clear he’d like his son, Sean Snyder, to one day succeed him, but the administration, athletic department and fan base have been split on that idea. Also, Snyder just lost his offensive coordinator Dana Dimel to the head coaching position at UTEP, which leaves him a vacancy he needs to fill.
Snyder is in his second go-around at Kansas State and has an all-time record in Manhattan of 209-110-1 with the Wildcats. He has led the program to a pair of Big 12 championships during his two tenures.
The Wildcats will meet UCLA in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26 with kickoff at 9:00 E.T. on ESPN.