The questions about who will replace Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder when he retires are growing louder.
Jim Leavitt was reported by Brett McMurphy, formerly of ESPN, to have an agreement to take over, but that fell through when Snyder apparently insisted his son Sean would take over. Leavitt is now the defensive coordinator at Oregon.
Yahoo’s Pete Thamel named Kansas State as one of the “losers” of the 2017 coaching carousel. In his post, he had harsh words to say about Snyder and the Wildcats’ replacement plan:
“Bill Snyder still appears to be clinging to the dream of passing the program on to his son. This has gone from selfish to sad to toxic, as the entire administration at Kansas State is ready for a change. But Snyder, 78, is still living in nepotism fantasyland that his son, Sean, is qualified to take over. That’s hurt the program, which is 20-16 the last three seasons and lacks an identity nationally outside of mediocrity and uncertainty. Every year Snyder stays and tries to bully the handoff to his son further tarnishes his legacy.”
Thamel’s words are strong, to say the least. “Mediocrity” is a very unfavorable way to characterize a coach that took one of the most dismal programs in the nation and turned it into a consistently solid Big 12 team.
But the overall sentiment, that Bill Snyder is holding back the Kansas State coaching search, isn’t an unfair take. The Wildcats will have to find a new coach in the next few seasons, and if their current man continues to mandate that his son takes over, it’ll drive away any potential outstanding candidates.
Snyder is beloved, and he deserves to go out a hero. But it would benefit the Wildcats if he was a bit more flexible with the terms of his retirement and a bit less insistent on his son being his successor.
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