Nov 30, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder on the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Michigan vs. Kansas State — Opening Article


GBMWolverine Coach's Corner2Posted at 5:30am — 12/10/2013

Michigan Football: Michigan vs. Kansas State — Opening Article

The Kansas State Way

Bill Snyder has been described as legendary. That description is accurate. His quiet demeanor and response to success or failure on the field is a model for coaching humility. His ability to win has also been noteworthy, very much so in fact.

Coach Snyder is the type of director/mentor that universities should hire. He has always stressed program cleanliness, hard work, self-management, and going about doing things in an orderly, dignified manner. Here is a coach that absolutely blows no smoke. There is no over-analysis or spin if Kansas State won or lost. The explanations are simple: the other team was better or K-State made some critical mistakes that hindered the chances for victory. To the knowledge of all, Kansas State is as clean and ethical as any program in America.

Coach Snyder has always put forth the sometimes infamous (and that is a shame to society) mantra of family values. Some in our society mock attempts at goodness as an end goal. The effort to value integrity and base a program’s roots within defined standards of right and wrong will continue under Coach Snyder. It is hopeful that Snyder in proving that doing things the right way can result in a solid victory record, may actually be an innovator in coaching behavior and success by instilling traditional traits of hard work, attention to detail, a keen eye for innovation on the field, and support for player welfare and development.

Nov 30, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) rushes for a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas State won the game 31-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The above praise is nothing new. Barry Switzer, a guy not quite in the mold of Bill Snyder, stated that Coach Snyder is the “coach of the century.” Snyder has received numerous national coach of the year awards and has placed many players on all-conference and all-American rolls. His success cannot be ignored or undervalued.

Before Coach Snyder, Kansas State football held little prestige in the college football world. At one time in his career Kansas State had six out of seven seasons with 11 or more wins. Even annually battling some powerhouse teams, Kansas State has won several division and league titles.

The coaching staff is veteran and many are former head coaches or coordinators. All in all, the Bill Snyder and Kansas State story of the last two decades is one to admire.

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