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Bill Snyder announces his retirement

Update> The University has now announced Bill Snyder has retired. "A national search is underway to identify K-State's next football coach. The department will utilize Ventura Partners to assist with the search."

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Legendary Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder will announce his retirement later today reports Ryan Black of The Mercury (Manhattan, KS).

Snyder has cemented himself as one of the best coaches of all time. He's put the program in a position to be handed off to a stacked pool of candidates that should be able to go in there, build a quality staff, and do really well and they'll forever have Snyder to thank for that.

The Wizard got his head coaching shot taking over a team with easily the most losses of any major college program back in 1989 and steadily built it up to a point where they won 7 games in year three, and had hit the 10-win mark by year seven. From 1993-2003 he led the program to 11 straight bowl games, ending the year ranked among the top 25 all but one of those times. He retired in 2005 before coming back to lead the program in 2009, and quickly built the program back up to back-to-back double-digit win seasons in 2011 and 2012, taking the team to eight straight bowl games up until this season's slip to 5-7 overall.

In 27 seasons, and two different stints, Snyder has led the program to 215 wins, including 19 bowl trips and two Big 12 titles. This year will be the first time the program hasn't made a bowl trip since 2009.

For more on who Kansas State might turn to, have a look here.

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