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We know. By “we” I mean those of us that are Kansas State football fans. There is so much we know about Bill Snyder that the rest of the country doesn’t know.

Twice this year social media has buzzed with a tweet about a hand written letter the coach sent to a player at another school. First, it was North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen. The other was Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro. Snyder offered kind words and well wishes to both of those “youngsters”. The rest of the sports world and even the non-sports world (yes, it exists) was amazed at Snyder’s kindness. We weren’t really amazed. We know this is the type of thing he does. We know he’s a class act.

We know this for several reasons. The stadium, for example. It’s not Bill Snyder Stadium, it’s Bill Snyder Family Stadium. He wanted “family” in the name because he believes it. We are a family.

Another reason we’re not surprised by his grace and integrity is because we’ve heard the stories. We know about how he stood on campus and chatted with students in the cold on the day he interviewed for the job. We know how much he cared about the secretaries in the football offices.

We also knew he would turn things around when he was re-hired. Again, the rest of the sports community didn’t. Let me show you a quote from a coaching blog I found from November 2008:

“The hiring of Bill Snyder will go down as one of the stupidest decisions in the history of college football, not just in the hiring of head football coaches, but in the entire history of college football.” – Coach on the Hot Seat Blog

We knew it wasn’t a bad decision. We saw Snyder turn around the worst program in America. Although Ron Prince left the program a mess, it wasn’t the worst in college football. We knew coach could turn it around, because we’ve seen him do it before.

Living in Missouri, I’m constantly asked by Mizzou fans about Coach Snyder. Usually, the question is “How? How does he do it?” Or “How much longer do you think he can keep doing it?” Their expressions usually range from awestruck to stupefied. Usually, when I explain they just shake their heads in amazement. I know, however, that they’re not just amazed but they’re a little jealous.

So we know. We know we have an amazing football coach and an amazing person leading our beloved Wildcats. Thanks, coach.

Go Cats!

About The Author

Seth is a 2000 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State. While in Manhattan he wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, reported for the Wildcat 91.9 and interned at KSNT-TV in Topeka. He teaches now, but still play with his journalism degree. Living in the middle of Missouri makes it harder to follow the Cats, but he wears enough purple to draw stares at the grocery store. Follow him on Twitter at @catbacker77

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