It turns out Bill Snyder's decision to return for the 2018 season wasn't a one-off deal.
Kansas State announced Thursday that Snyder, its 78-year-old, hall-of-fame football coach, has signed a five-year contract that will secure his services through the 2022 campaign.
"It has been a pleasure watching our football program up close over the past year and seeing one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football continue to positively impact student-athletes while also producing winning seasons on a yearly basis," K-State athletic director Gene Taylor said in a prepared statement. "With this new contract, we felt that it was important to recognize his commitment to our football program.
"We look forward to his continued leadership."
The contract increases Snyder's compensation to $3.45 million for the 2018 season, with built-in raises of $300,000 for both 2019 and 2020. The deal, which was approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc., board of directors, includes a salary renegotiation clause after the 2020 season.
"My entire family and I have been so very grateful for the genuine, caring and loyal support K-Staters have provided our coaches, staff, families and young people on a yearly basis," said Snyder, who owns a 210-110-1 record as a head coach, all at K-State. "And, as I have stated so often, we came to K-State because of the people, stayed because of the people and returned because of the people, and that remains unchanged.
"We have continued to make daily improvement as a football program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue and will do so as long as I am healthy and feel that I am having a positive impact on our university, community and football program, and the young men that are involved."
Snyder's health fueled speculation about his future last year as he battled throat cancer. But a few weeks after the Wildcats' 35-17 Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA, he announced his intention to return for a 27th season.
By all accounts, he has regained a bounce in his step and was seen smiling and joking with media, players and coaches during last Monday's media day.
Snyder retired once already following the 2005 season, but returned in 2009 for a second successful stint.
"I appreciate so very much the leadership of President (Richard) Myers and Gene Taylor, in addition to all past administrators and staff, and their commitment to our football program" Snyder said. "And I am grateful for the exceptional players, coaches, support staff, student body, faculty, community and fans across the nation for all they have meant to our program and university."