Before Bill Snyder took over at Kansas State in 1989, the program had compiled a record of 299–510. Its 510 losses was the most of any D-I school at the time.
When he first stepped down in 2005, the Wildcats almost immediately sank back into the futility he had stepped into years before. The coach could not stand to see it, so he returned, and to a hero’s welcome, in 2009.
He has not disappointed. The years of frustration, and oh-fer seasons, are now very much in the rear-view. He has built a program that competes against the very best in the nation, year in and year out.
So in return, Kansas State has built him a statue – in front of the stadium already named for him. A sparkling new 11 1/2-foot tall bronze statue now stands proudly outside of the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“Coach Snyder is one of the most legendary head coaches in the history of college football and has transformed K-State Athletics, Kansas State University, the Manhattan community and the college football landscape with his tremendous leadership,” Kansas State athletic director John Currie said, via CBS Sports. “We appreciate the terrific work of Spencer Schubert and Sharon’s behind-the-scenes efforts on the project as we deservingly recognize one of the greatest football coaches of all time.”