Bill Snyder eventually will be replaced as Kansas State’s football coach.
Snyder’s legendary career won’t last forever. And the 77-year-old coach — oldest in the nation — is making plans for his successor.
If you ask Snyder, the best transition plan at K-State involves hiring his son, Sean. He’s been at the school since his father arrived in 1989. He was an All-America punter early in his father’s tenure.
Sean Snyder became KSU’s director of football operations in 1996. Now he’s his father’s assistant head coach.
“This is all I’m going to say about it,” Bill Snyder told Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman. “[He’s as] successful as any special teams coordinator there is in the country, year in and year out. Plus the fact that he’s the director of operations and you look at his list of responsibilities that entails everything and anything a head coach would be doing.
“You put those two things together, the football aspect of it, the leadership, the management responsibility, that pretty much comprises what a head coach would do.”
Whether than happens remains to be seen. Bill Snyder is recovering from throat cancer, but appeared spry at Big 12 Media Days last week. His team is a darkhorse contender in what is expected to be a wide-open race in the conference this season.
Will KSU learn from the past?
When Snyder left KSU in 2006, school officials didn’t heed his recommendation when they hired Ron Prince.
After three seasons, that hire went bad. The Wildcats went 17-20 under Prince and failed to make bowl trips in 2008 and 2009.
But those struggles are a bad memory. Snyder has taken the program to seven consecutive bowl games. It’s the second-longest string of continuous success for the Wildcats, trailing only their 11 straight bowl trips from 1993 to 2003.
Snyder’s retirement again looms in the not-too-distant future.
Will the school agree with the veteran coach’s assessment, or again choose an outsider?
The question might be the biggest determiner of success for the Wildcats when Snyder leaves.