The Kansas State Wildcats will be on the national stage Thursday night when they take on the Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl. And if this is your first time getting a taste of what Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder has done during his second stint at K-State, you’ve missed a lot of fun.
After a career full of amazing accomplishments, could this year be his crowning achievement? Former Wildcat — and current Chiefs safety — Tysyn Hartman isn’t quite sure.
“He’s had so many,” Hartman told FOX Sports. “He’s had (a) Heisman Trophy finalist this year (quarterback Collin Klein). He’s been ranked No. 1 in the country. It’s definitely up there. He made the tradition years ago and now he’s brought it back.”
The 73-year-old still running circles around coaches decades his junior? That hasn’t escaped another former Wildcat, Chiefs center Ryan Lilja, who is retiring at the age of 31.
“It’s pretty impressive how he’s so competitive, year-in and year-out,” Lilja said. “He doesn’t get the hottest recruits every year but he always makes the most out of what he’s got. That’s a Bill Snyder trademark right there.
“I hope he’ll come back for more seasons. Who knows? He obviously came back for a good reason the last time he came back.”
No matter what happens Thursday night, I think most of us can agree Snyder is one of the best coaches in college football. It’s just a shame we never got to see him give it a go in the NFL.