They might not have to look far.
Athletic director Bob Krause said he would like to involve former coach Bill Snyder in the search process, but he did not say in what capacity. A news conference Wednesday eventually digressed into a question of semantics, with Krause declining to specify whether Snyder, 69, would be "consulted with" or "considered for" the job opening.
"You start out at a consulting basis and you go forward from there," Krause said.
There are a lot of coaches looking for work. Tommy Bowden and Dennis Franchione are available now, and Phil Fulmer, Tyrone Willingham and Tom Amstutz will be free by the end of the month, but what Kansas State really seeks is another Bill Snyder. There's only one.
Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star writes that "a motivated and rejuvenated Bill Snyder could be effective for a sustained period. He's 13 years younger than Joe Paterno, who has the Penn State Nittany Lions in the national-title hunt. Snyder is 10 years younger than Bobby Bowden, who still has Florida State in the top 25.
"Yeah, I'd give Snyder a five-year contract and let him build a brand-new coaching staff. I'd beg him to come out of retirement."