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: November 24, 2008, 10:00:08 AM

The Wichita Eagle
A 2003 sideline shot of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder.
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A 2003 sideline shot of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder.

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    * Dec. 1988: K-State picks Snyder as coach
    * Oct. 1989: The streak is over
    * Dec. 1993: Copper win looks like gold
    * Oct. 1995: K-State wins super Sunflower Showdown
    * Jan. 1998: The coming out Fiesta party
    * Nov. 1998: Parting the Red Sea
    * Dec. 1998: Sudden death in St. Louis
    * Dec. 2003: OU better believe it
    * Nov. 2005: Snyder says this is the right time
    * Nov. 2005: Snyder goes out a winner


Kansas State fans, what is your opinion of Bill Snyder's return to coach the Wildcats?
Wasn't there anyone younger that would have been a good hire? It might damage Snyder's legacy if he can't improve the team. As long as it is a temporary measure, I support it. This will be a great opportunity for Snyder to groom a replacement. Wherever Snyder leads, I will follow.
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Bill Snyder

Age: 69

First stint: 1989-2005

KSU record: 136-68-1, 11 bowl games (6-5)

Titles: 2003 Big 12 Championship, 2000 Big 12 North, 1998 Big 12 North

During retirement: Special assistant to K-State athletic director; co-chair of Kansas Mentors, a statewide initiative for mentoring
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The next football coach at Kansas State University not only knows his way around the stadium in which the Wildcats play, but his name is actually on the building.

Bill Snyder, 69, is returning to the sideline after retiring in 2005, sources told The Eagle on Sunday night. A source said the agreement is a five-year deal at $1.8 million per season.

A news conference will be held at 10 this morning inside Bramlage Coliseum.

Snyder has won 136 games, turning around one of the worst college football programs in the nation -- and he's apparently not done.

It's not often a coach retires, then un-retires and rejoins his old school. And it's not often that the coach in question is about to turn 70.

It's a surprising move, in that Snyder insisted in 2005 that he was leaving on his terms, stating "it is the right time." Clearly, retirement wasn't the solution -- Snyder attended every home game in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and he could usually be spotted in the rooms reserved for the opposition's athletic director at K-State road games.

Football never left his system, even when he intentionally shifted his attention to the family he said he had neglected, and to other pursuits, such as the Kansas Mentors program.

Technically, he's the 34th football coach at K-State, but he was the original 32nd.

There was some thought that the position was Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson's to lose, especially after an Internet report surfaced Nov. 7 stating the former K-State player had been hired. K-State athletic director Bob Krause angrily denounced the report, but su**CENSORED**ions persisted along with rumors.

But a source said it was Snyder from the beginning.

For all of his accomplishments, the last time Snyder wore a coach's headset wasn't his finest moment. After recording 11 wins in six of seven years, the Wildcats slipped in Snyder's final two seasons, ending 2004 with a 4-7 record and 2005 with a 5-6 mark.

Ron Prince, his successor and now his predecessor, noted the struggles in his final postgame news conference Saturday.

"Two different coaches have finished their tenures here the same way, and there are some things, obviously... for the next coach to have success and be successful, some things will have to be evaluated.. ," Prince said.

It's a safe bet that Snyder already knows exactly what he's walking into. He was seen during K-State's embarrassing 52-21 loss to Kansas on Nov. 1 in Lawrence scribbling notes on a folded piece of paper. His likely first order of business will be meeting with key returnees, such as junior quarterback Josh Freeman and sophomore cornerback Josh Moore, to gauge their interest in sticking around Manhattan.

And then there's the issue of hiring a staff, for which there will be sizable pool of candidates.

It will be a challenge, but Snyder, the man responsible for the "Miracle of Manhattan," has tackled larger jobs before. That's his legacy, causing some to liken him to a football savior.

Some of his former players say, quite simply, Snyder is K-State football.

When Snyder started coaching the Wildcats in 1989, they had gone winless in 27 consecutive games. He lost his first three at K-State but then built a program that went to 11 consecutive bowl games and won the Big 12 championship in 2003.

"K-State is far bigger than Bill Snyder," he said in 2005.

At the moment, though, it doesn't seem that way.
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