Bill Snyder retiring as Kansas State coach for second time

Bill Snyder retiring as Kansas State coach for second time

December 2, 2018

Longtime Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is retiring as the school's football coach for a second time, a person with knowledge of situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because the decision has not been announced publicly. The school has called a 3 p.m. ET press conference for Sunday. 

The news was first reported by The Mercury of Manhattan, Kan. 

Last week, the Wildcats completed a 5-7 campaign under the 79-year-old Snyder, who is 215-117-1 in his 27 seasons at the school. A loss to Iowa State on the final Saturday of the season ended a run of eight consecutive bowl appearances for the Wildcats.

Snyder's success at Kansas State is considered one of the great achievements in college football. Before his first season in 1989, the Wildcats had won just three games in four seasons. The program had been to one bowl game in its history and had just two seasons with six wins since 1934.

It took five seasons for Snyder get to a bowl game, which started a run of 11 years in row in the postseason. Along the way, the Wildcats contended for Big 12 titles, winning one in 2003, and also twice appeared in Cotton Bowl and Fiesta Bowl twice.

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