K-State Football: Five Potential Replacements for Bill Snyder

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K-State football is a culture that is special and so impactful on the environment around it that it creates family.

Bill Snyder has done just that. He has taken this team that means so much to him and turned friends, staff, and most importantly the players to family.

When he returned to coaching in 2008, Snyder said this in an ESPN article,

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"“This is a family thing, and a Wildcat family thing. We need everybody to be involved in caring, and in a genuine and a real way. I’m just pleased to be here with them again.”"

Whoever takes over for Bill Snyder when he retires has to be committed. Not just to the university, but to the culture and has to be willing to provide the same careful care and strategy that Snyder pours in to running his program.

The whole reason that Kansas State outperforms their expectations every year is because Snyder gets them to believe they are actually family, both the campus and city of Manhattan. This means when those guys take the field on Saturday as a Wildcat, they’re absolutely playing for more than just themselves.

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I hope when the day does finally happen where Bill Snyder hangs up his coaching hat for good that the new coach knows what he is taking over. Until that day, however, let us enjoy the time we have left with the King.