FORT WORTH, Texas – Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has a tendency to affirm his opponents following games, win or lose. Last December, TCU quarterback Kenny Hill was a recipient of some kind words from the longtime Kansas State coach.
Hill said on Tuesday that Snyder sent him a hand-written note of encouragement following TCU’s 30-6 loss at home to Kansas State in December 2016.
“It just meant a lot. You don’t see that very much.” Hill said.
Hill isn’t the first TCU quarterback to receive such an honor. Snyder wrote a congratulatory letter to former quarterback Trevone Boykin following TCU’s 52-45 win over Kansas State in October 2015.
But for Hill, receiving a letter after one of the most lopsided losses in TCU history at home under coach Gary Patterson – and to conclude a rollercoaster 6-6 regular season for the Horned Frogs – made it that much more special after a cold, dreary day at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.
“He just said keep working, keep doing you, keep getting better – it was more the fact that he took the time to write that and send it out to me. It was just awesome,” Hill said.
The connection between Snyder and Hill, however, goes beyond the letter.
Football is family
Hill was recruited by Snyder to play at Kansas State – right during the stretch of the team’s Big 12 title run in 2012. Kansas State was a finalist in Hill’s list of top schools.
Hill made his official visit to Manhattan, Kan. in January 2013, but the senior from Southlake, Texas ultimately stayed true this verbal commitment to play at Texas A&M when National Signing Day rolled around.
Despite staying in his home state, Hill called it a “privilege” to be recruited by the storied coach.
Like others across college football, the two may be opponents on the field, but the respect that Hill has for Snyder hasn’t changed one ounce.
“He’s a special guy,” Hill said. “It’s tough to see him go through the health issues that he’s going through, but he’s an unbelievable guy.”
Snyder, who turned 78 on Oct. 7, was diagnosed with throat cancer in February. That hasn’t stopped him from coaching at Kansas State this season.
Hill and Snyder will meet for the first time since the letter on Saturday when the No. 6 Horned Frogs travel to Manhattan for an 11 a.m. game against Patterson’s alma mater. The Kansas State-TCU game will air on FS1.
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