MANHATTAN — Following a season surrounded by questions regarding his future at K-State, head football coach Bill Snyder announced his decision Tuesday night.
"As I have stated many times, as long as I remain in good health, am wanted and have a positive impact on the young people in our program, I will continue to be the head coach at Kansas State University," Snyder said, according to a University release. "Those factors have not changed, and I look forward to meeting with our players and beginning our out-of-season program when classes resume. I appreciate President (Richard) Myers and Gene Taylor for their continued support of me, our program and our University. They are truly special K-Staters."
During a Dec. 20, 2017 press conference at the Vanier Family Football Complex in Manhattan, which was given before his team left for Phoenix, Ariz. to begin final preparations for the Cactus Bowl, Snyder noted that he would wait until after the bowl game to make his decision.
K-State defeated UCLA by a final score of 35-17 in the Cactus Bowl, which was played Dec. 26, 2017, at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The bowl victory capped off an 8-5 campaign for K-State, which included a 5-4 mark in Big 12 conference play. The Wildcats suffered a three game losing streak in October before winning four of its final five regular season games to secure bowl eligibility.
Those four wins included a road victory over then-No. 10 Oklahoma State by a final score of 45-40 Nov. 18, 2017. That victory put the Wildcats at six victories on the season, which qualified K-State for postseason play. The Wildcats then finished the regular season with a walk-off 20-19 victory over Iowa State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan Nov. 25, 2017.
K-State Athletics Director Gene Taylor gave his thoughts on Snyder's decision.
"We are excited that Coach Snyder has decided to continue to lead our program and look forward to building off the late-season momentum which included five wins in our final six games, a top-10 road win and Cactus Bowl victory," said Taylor in a University release. "I know he and his staff, in addition to our student-athletes, are anxious to get winter workouts and spring practices underway in preparation for next season."
During his 26 seasons at K-State, Snyder has put together a 210-110-1 record, including a 123-84-1 record in Big 8/12 conference play. Snyder has also won nine of 19 bowl games at K-State. Snyder is the fourth person in the history of college football to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as an active coach.
Snyder is the oldest active head coach in college football, and will turn 79 years old during the 2018 football season.