At 77 years old and having completely reversed the direction of Kansas State’s football program, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder certainly has the respect of his colleagues around the FBS.
Anonymous coaches polled by CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, Chip Patterson and Barrett Sallee most often said Snyder is college football’s most underrated coach. CBS polled one-fifth of the 130 active FBS coaches entering 2017 — 24 percent of which named Snyder.
When Snyder took over Kansas State’s program in 1989, the Wildcats had the most losses to their name of any team in Division I-A at the time and hadn’t won a game in two and a half seasons. By 1993, Snyder had the program bowling and, in 1998, Kansas State posted an 11-0 regular season record and earned a No. 1 ranking in national polls.
Kansas State won Big 12 titles in 2003 and 2012 under Snyder, starting 10-0 and reaching No. 1 in the BCS rankings in 2012. Last season, the Wildcats quietly posted a 9-4 record, including a victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.
Elsewhere in the Sunflower State, at least one coach raved about the job Kansas coach David Beaty is doing with a cellar-dwelling program similar to what Snyder inherited nearly 30 years ago.
“What he has taken on over there [is impressive] because that thing was blown up,” the anonymous coach told CBS. “The culture he is instilling, the fact he can be so upbeat, it’s gotta be the hardest job in the country right now.”
On the other end of the spectrum, however, is new Texas coach Tom Herman, whom one coach named the most overrated coach in college football. (It’s worth noting, however, 48 percent of coaches polled declined to name an overrated peer.)
Earlier in the week, CBS Sports’ Candid Coaches series revealed at least one coach believes players are being paid under-the-table at schools like Texas and Oklahoma.