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When analyzing the college football landscape, it would be almost impossible to find a single man that has impacted a university's football program more that the amazing Bill Snyder!

Kansas State Coaching Legend....The Amazing Bill Snyder
Dire would have been the perfect word for the "state of Kansas State football" When Snyder first took over the coaching reins in November 1988. To many fans the possibility of someone turning the program into a winner may have seemed nearly impossible.
However the result of Coach Synder's two head coaching stints at K-State have been more closer to miraculous than remarkable!

Prior to Synder's arrival in November 1988, the school's football program was mired in an 0-26-1 funk and in the previous 51 football seasons, had won just 130 games while averaging 2.5 wins a season.

By quickly infusing a winning spirit into the program, the Wildcats began to build respectability. In Synder's fifth season (1993), Kansas State won their first bowl game in school history.

By the 1997 season, Snyder had the program ranked with college football's elite as the Cats won 11 games and finished the year ranked No. 7. As the momentum continued to build in Manhattan in the late 1990s, the Wildcats posted a 20-game win streak and from 1995 to 2001, the University was ranked in the AP Poll for 108 consecutive weeks.

Under Snyder's direction, Kansas State won or shared four Big 12 North titles and won the conference outright in 2003. The Big 12 championship was delivered with a 35-7 win over top-ranked Oklahoma in the league's title game.

Having led the football program to incredible heights, Synder stepped away from coaching following the 2005 season. The Wildcats head coach had led the program since 1989 and had been recognized as the National Coach of the Year in 1998. The day after he announced his retirement, the University renamed the stadium in his honor.

With big shoes to fill, former UVA assistant Ron Prince took over the coaching reins. However that change in football leadership lasted only three seasons as Prince's teams compiled an overall 17-20 record.

Heeee's Baaack

Looking to regain stability in the program, University officials once again looked in Bill Snyder's direction for the head coach position for the 2009 season . And despite the fact that he'd turn 70 early that season, the University's all-time winningest coach obliged.

The 2009 season saw the Wildcats escape their losing ways as the team posted a 6-6 record. A 7-6 season was posted the next season and by Snyder's third season back, K-State finshied the regular season with a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl berth. Despite losing the game to Arkansas, Snyder once again won National Coach of the Year honors.






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