Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is downplaying speculation that he would want to succeed Bill Snyder as the head coach at Kansas State.
Venables, a Kansas State graduate and former Wildcats assistant, told The Clemson Insider’s Will Vandervort on Thursday that he’s not sure he would want to follow the Wildcats legend.
“Everybody says, ‘He is going to go to Kansas State,'” Venables said Thursday. “Hey man, look, nobody has more love and respect for the people there, Coach Snyder, what we’ve achieved. But are you going to be the guy to follow modern day Bear Bryant at Kansas State? I don’t know about that.”
Venables’ name often comes up in speculation about the future of the Kansas State job because of his connections to the school. However, if he does have interest in the job, he’ll have to wait. Snyder, 78, will return to the Kansas State sideline in 2018.
Another obstacle for Venables is that Snyder wants his son, Kansas State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder, to replace him when he retires. That’s why Snyder reportedly vetoed the Wildcats’ plan to bring in former Kansas State assistant Jim Leavitt as his heir apparent.
Snyder is 209-110-1 in two stints as the head coach of the Wildcats. Venables says he hopes Snyder keeps coaching in Manhattan for a long time.
“They have plenty of really good quality people over there, and hopefully coach Snyder coaches another 10-plus years,” Venables said. “He has been amazing with what he has been able to do. As an alumnus, I am super proud of how the Cats play year in and year out and how they compete. That is all because of Coach Snyder.”
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