The winningest head coach in Kansas State history and the architect of one of the most improbable program turnarounds in college football history is retiring after 27 years. Bill Snyder announced that he was stepping down on Sunday and will transition into a role as a University ambassador. The 79-year-old Snyder retires with a record of 215-117-1 in two stints with the Wildcats. In his time at K State, the Wildcats were 128-89-1 in the Big 12, winning two championships.
Snyder took over Kansas State in 1989 with the school mired in a 27-game losing streak. It was the only school in the nation to have lost 500 games and had appeared in just one bowl in the school’s 77-year football history. Five years later, Kansas State was playing in it’s second bowl game and nine years later, the Wildcats were one game away from playing in the National Championship before being upset by Texas A&M in double-overtime in the final game of their conference schedule.
Kansas State finished at 5-7 this year after being predicted to be mid-pack of the Big 12. The Wildcats could have got bowl eligible in their final game but blew a 17-point second half lead in a loss to Iowa State.
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