Bill Snyder signs new contract with K-State through 2017
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 31, 2013
It doesn't appear Bill Snyder will be hanging the whistle up anytime soon.
Snyder has signed a new five-year contract through the 2017 season, athletic director John Currie wrote in a letter on K-State's official website.
Currently 73 years old, Snyder's annual pay increases to $2.75 million for the 2013 season and increases by $100,000 season, bringing the total to $14.75 million.
Snyder is Kansas State football. One of the worst programs in NCAA history before he arrived, Snyder took over the Wildcats in 1989, posting a 1-10 debut season. Two years later, the Wildcats won seven games. Two years after that, they won nine and won a bowl game. This past season was Snyder's second Big 12 conference championship and his sixth 11-win season. The stadium is named after his family, and renovations are on the way.
"We are thrilled Coach Snyder has accepted this new contract and proud of the competitive improvement our team has made - both on the field and in the classroom - under his leadership," Currie wrote. "Coach Snyder's daily drive, focus and energy in continuing to build the K-State football program are truly remarkable and inspirational. While he is not one to focus attention on himself, President Schulz and I felt that it was important to recognize, in this very significant way, his tremendous leadership and commitment to continuing to lead the K-State football program.
"Coach Snyder, our coaching staff and our student-athletes have done their part by representing the university in a first-class manner while also providing championship performances both on the field and in the classroom. Our fans have done their part by filling Bill Snyder Family Stadium every week, setting a national standard for post-season travel and investing in transformational projects such as the new West Stadium Center. Thanks to our K-State donors, over $100 million in facility improvements are currently ongoing to enhance our student-athlete and fan experience."
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