Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. Snyder, 76, will be the fourth active coach to be enshrined into the Hall.
“He means so much to Kansas State and Manhattan,” former K-State quarterback Michael Bishop told the Associated Press. “You look around at the stadium and the town today, and they are nothing like when I played here. Everything is bigger and better.”
Snyder is the school’s most successful coach, winning 193 games. This season the Wildcats lost their starting quarterback in the season-opener, dropped six consecutive Big 12 games — including heartbreakers against Oklahoma State and TCU — and rallied to win three in a row to finish 6-6 and earn a berth in the Liberty Bowl against Arkansas.
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Snyder is credited with one of the great program-building jobs in college football history, and he did it twice, returning to K-State after watching the program slip a few years into retirement.
“I am honored and humbled and I truly appreciate the selection that has been made,” Snyder told reporters. “To make the Hall of Fame makes me think about everything that went along with it and all the people that made it happen.
“But I haven’t totally processed it in such a way. It hasn’t had a tremendous emotional impact on me, but I’m sure it will.”