John Hoover

Sporting News: Bill Snyder remains Kansas State’s rock through trials, tribulation

Sporting News: Bill Snyder remains Kansas State’s rock through trials, tribulation

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Which Big 12 Conference football coach best embodies “toughness?”

Is it defensive-minded Gary Patterson? Mensa-smart Tom Herman? East Coaster Matt Rhule? Maybe underdog Matt Campbell? Whiz-kid Lincoln Riley? Snake-hunting Mike Gundy?

Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope and nope. Turns out the toughest coach in the Big 12 makes his office in the Flint Hills of northern Kansas.

Bill Snyder, 78, has done so much more than build Kansas State from punchline to powerhouse. He has gone well beyond resurrecting the program a second time. He has exceeded the seemingly impossible task of keeping the Wildcats relevant in the Big 12 and beyond.

Snyder’s legacy has become eternal. Now closing in on his 28th season at Kansas State, he has shaped generations of Wildcat football players and impacted the community at large in ways that will be felt for decades. He has done it with an unyielding and single-minded toughness.

“He’s definitely a tough guy,” K-State linebacker Elijah Sullivan told Sporting News this offseason.

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John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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