Despite how much Kansas State football fans would prefer him to do so, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder can’t be the head man in Manhattan, Kan., forever.
Snyder is turning 79 this year, and the Wildcats should probably start looking for his successor. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples says that while Snyder should be able to coach as long as he wants, he shouldn’t be the only voice in the room when picking Kansas State’s next coach.
“Snyder probably shouldn’t be able to unilaterally decide on his successor,” Staples said. It’s widely known that Sean Snyder, Bill’s son and the current special teams coordinator at Kansas State, is Bill’s first choice for the job. But that might not be the best thing for the Wildcats, Staples argued.
“The elder Snyder has made Kansas State such a good job that plenty of qualified candidates — who have experience as Power 5 head coaches and/or Power 5 offensive or defensive coordinators — would want the job when Snyder retires,” Staples wrote.
Bill Snyder has undoubtedly been the most successful coach in school history, and the Wildcats owe nearly their entire program to his efforts. His son should receive a shot at the job. But the elder Snyder’s work might have been so good that Kansas State can bring in a powerhouse name, and it’d be hard for the Wildcats to pass up that opportunity.