Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder
has signed a new five-year contract through the 2017 season.
The deal increases Snyder's salary to $2.75 million for the 2013 season and
will total $14.75 million through the end of the pact.
Snyder is the winningest coach in school history, having compiled a record of
170-85-1, including 34-16 since his return in 2009. The Wildcats won the Big
12 title this past season with a mark of 11-2, including 8-1 in conference
"Bill Snyder is one of college football's most respected legends and a
complete ambassador for K-State and Manhattan," said Kansas State president
Kirk Schulz in a statement Thursday. "We are so fortunate to have one of the
very best coaches in college football history, who also fully embraces and
understands the value and mission of our university."
Snyder, now 73 years old, first became K-State coach in November 1988 and
completely turned around a program that had been 0-26-1 before he was hired.
By 1991, the Wildcats had a seven-win season and reached the first of 11
straight bowl games just two years later.
After first retiring following the 2005 season, Snyder was asked to return
just three years later. The Wildcats have reached a bowl game each of the last
three seasons, losing all of them, including a 35-17 setback to Oregon in the
Fiesta Bowl this past season.
"My entire family and I have been so very grateful for the genuine, caring and
loyal support K-Staters have provided our coaches, staff, families and young
people on a yearly basis," said Snyder. "And, as I have stated so often, we
came to Kansas State because of the people, stayed because of the people and
returned because of the people, and that remains unchanged. We have continued
to make daily improvement as a football program, and I am grateful for the
opportunity to continue and will do so as long as I feel that I am having a
positive impact on our university, community and football program and the
young men that are involved."
Snyder, for whom the university's football stadium is named, has guided Kansas
State to seven 11-win seasons during his tenure. His 170 victories are the
seventh-most among active FBS coaches and are more than triple the man in
second place on K-State's all-time coaching victories list.
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