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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