Bill Snyder's second term as Kansas State coach is looking as good as the first. Snyder, in this humble blogger's estimation, is the finest coach of our time. Yes, take the Nick Sabans and Urban Meyers of the world and plant them in Manhattan. See if they could win like Snyder.
Fertile recruiting grounds? Nonexistent. An environment to attract kids from the city? This is Kansas, not New York. Tradition? The Wildcats were 299-510 (.370) in 93 years of playing the sport before Snyder arrived.
This is a tough job. Barry Switzer once said of Snyder: "He's not the coach of the year, he's not the coach of the decade, he's the coach of the century.'
Snyder stepped down after the 2005 season and Kansas State went back to its losing ways. He returned in 2009 and is 34-17, including back-to-back seasons of 10 or more victories.
Yes, Collin Klein is gone and there are questions at quarterback. But Snyder will once again work his magic.
Next time you hear a Division I-A coach complain about not having a full roster of 85 scholarship players, consider what Kansas State accomplished in 2011. The Wildcats won 10 games with only 73 scholarship players. Yes, it's a credit to Bill Snyder, the finest coach in the land who not only wins, but helps his athletic department become the nation's most profitable.
No athletic department could match what Kansas State did in 2010-11, according to an ESPN report.
The department was the most profitable of 99 public schools that field Division I-A football teams, pulling in a net income of nearly $23 million, according to open records requests for audited financial reports that schools submit each year to the NCAA. The 2010-11 fiscal year is most recent data available.
As for the methodology for defining net income, that is up for debate.