MANHATTAN — Bill Snyder maintained the stance that he would wait until the conclusion of the season to decide if he would return as Kansas State’s football coach.
One week after the Wildcats wrapped up their season with a victory over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, Snyder announced Tuesday he will return in 2018 for his 27th season.
“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 in a statement released by the athletics department. “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 (athletics director) Gene Taylor for their continued support of me, our program and our university. They are truly special K-Staters.”
Snyder held a staff meeting with his assistant coaches Tuesday and informed them of his decision to return.
Prior to the Cactus Bowl played Dec. 26 in Phoenix and in the postgame news conference after the 35-17 bowl win over UCLA, Snyder said he was still undecided, although there had been speculation that he would return.
Snyder said he would make a final decision after discussing it with his family, an annual process for the 78-year-old who this past year went through treatments for throat cancer.
“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 (at Oklahoma State) and Cactus Bowl victory,” said Taylor, who was hired as K-State AD last April. “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.”
Snyder, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, retired for three years from 2006-08 but returned to the sidelines in 2009 and since then has led the Wildcats to a Big 12 co-championship in 2012 and eight consecutive bowl appearances. He has amassed an overall record of 210-110-1, including an 8-5 mark this past season.
Snyder has two openings on his coaching staff with the departure of Dana Dimel, who was hired as head coach at UTEP last month. The NCAA also is allowing the addition of a 10th full-time assistant in 2018, and Snyder said before the Cactus Bowl he was undecided on whether that would be an offensive or defensive position, a statement that fueled speculation that he was returning for another season.
Snyder signed a five-year contract on Jan. 31, 2013 that rolls over after each season. He is due to make a base salary of $3.25 million 2018.