Thank you notes, many of them, would be appropriate for Bill Snyder

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December 4, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder argues a call last in the game against Kansas at Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan on Nov. 10. Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS

After the 1988 college football season, Kansas State brought a handful of candidates to campus to interview for the head coaching job and the search committee visited three away from Manhattan, Kan. As starved for success as the university was, none of them seemed right and the search dragged on.

It happened that the Wildcats had finished a home-and-home series with Iowa that season, and a Hawkeyes media guide had made its way to the athletic administration office. Athletic director Steve Miller read the biography of the offensive coordinator. This was the first time someone at K-State had considered Bill Snyder for the job.

Things moved quickly. The Wildcats could hardly believe what they heard, that someone as qualified as Snyder could envision a future that included football success, even with the school’s financial situation so severe the football team played at Oklahoma in four straight years.

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