Kansas State Gives 78-Year-Old Bill Snyder a Five-Year Contract

By Kevin Harrish on August 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm
Bill Snyder signs a five-year deal.
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78-year-old Bill Snyder said last month he hadn't even thought of retirement, saying "I've got a 6-year old great-grandchild that I want to coach.”

Seems like that wasn't just talk, as Kansas State and Snyder agreed to a new five-year deal on Wednesday.

Previously, Snyder had a one year contract that simply rolled over every year. But it seems both parties are ready for a long-term commitment with Snyder at the ripe age of 78.

From ESPN.com:

The 78-year-old Snyder will make $3.45 million this year and will receive $300,000 increases in 2019 and 2020. The figures in the final two years of the deal will be renegotiated later.


Snyder has 210 career victories, third most among active FBS coaches behind Notre Dame's Brian Kelly (219) and Alabama's Nick Saban (218).

The oldest active coach in FBS, Snyder turns 79 in October. Ohio's Frank Solich, who turns 74 next month, is the second-oldest FBS coach.

In the AP Poll Era (since 1936), the oldest coach to win a national championship was Bobby Bowden with Florida State in 1999 at the age of 70.

I guess incoming freshmen can rest assured that Snyder will be there for the duration of their college careers – and then some.

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