Bill Snyder hasn’t decided whether he will retire at the conclusion of Kansas State’s football season, but he is currently leaning toward coaching for at least one more year.
“As of right now, I have no reason not to,” Snyder told The Star on Tuesday after attending a College Football Hall of Fame news conference.
Snyder, 76, is nearing the end of his 24th season with the Wildcats. He is the most successful football coach in school history, having won 193 games and two conference championships. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening.
Snyder briefly retired in 2005 and returned to K-State as coach in 2009. How much longer he continues to coach is a popular question among fans, more so now than ever. Last week, Snyder said he would wait until after K-State plays Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl to decide on his future.
He hasn’t devoted much thought to the topic since.
“I will here before too very long,” Snyder said. “Having gone through it one time before, there is probably a lot more that I know now I didn’t know then. The process is not an easy one. And it is a process.
“It is not just a sudden knee-jerk response. I tried to go through a process last time and learned a lot from doing it. I will bring those things into play as quickly as I can and go from there.”
“At the end of each year, I really do process the information. I don’t have the time and the inclination to do that during the season. There are so many other things. I want to get it right.”
K-State’s decision makers hope he chooses to return. School president Kirk Schulz and athletic director John Currie both said Monday they expect Snyder to continue coaching and look forward to him doing so for as long as he desires.
But the choice is Snyder’s to make.
Whenever he decides to call it quits, Snyder hopes K-State will consider his son, Sean, as his replacement. Sean serves as associate head coach and special teams coordinator under his father. He also played for K-State as a punter.
“He has been with me from the very beginning,” Snyder said. “He understands exactly what it is about, working as the director of football operations in addition to everything else he does allowed him to be at the ground floor of everything, not just the offense, defense and special teams, all the things that people have no idea that goes on in a program and makes a difference.
“He has been tremendously helpful to me there. In all reality, he runs the program. When you get right down to it, he is the guy that has all the information and knows which decisions to make and knows how to make them and does it all with my approval. He is pretty special.”
Snyder hopes K-State officials will seek his input on his potential replacement when he chooses to retire.
“It won’t be my decision,” Snyder said. “I am sure they will listen to me, but it will be their choice.”
Snyder said he would recommend others for his replacement if K-State wasn’t interested in his son as a head coach.
“I could probably name a lot of people that I think would be good,” Snyder said. “At the end of the day, I just want to see what is best for Kansas State.”
For now, it appears that includes Snyder coaching for at least one more season.
Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett