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K-State football coach Bill Snyder turns 75

Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder tells his team to decline a penalty in the fourth quarter during the Kansas State University and Univeristy of Auburn football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday, September 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kansas.
Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder tells his team to decline a penalty in the fourth quarter during the Kansas State University and Univeristy of Auburn football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday, September 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas City Star

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, the oldest football coach in the Bowl Subdivision, turned 75 Tuesday and offered a few nuggets of wisdom and reflection.

“If you pay attention, you learn an awful lot (in life),” Snyder said. “Part of it is choosing the right people to embrace in your life, making your family important, being who you are, work hard at whatever it is you do ... but a ton of things you learn just by having good people in your life.”

And, as he has done many times in the past, Snyder credited his mother, Marionetta, for steering him on the right path.

“My mother was the true guiding light in my life,” Snyder said. “Any good things about me certainly came from her.”

Snyder laughed when asked if he had any birthday plans.

“I’ll be right here, doing what we always do,” Snyder said. “Evaluating film after our practice, looking at practice tape, looking at Oklahoma tape. Same old.”

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