One year and change after signing one of the more unexpected contract extensions in recent memory, Bill Snyder finally retired a week ago at the age of 79.
Kansas State alum Brent Venables was long rumored to want the job of replacing his old coach, but that wasn't meant to be. Internal conflict among donors related to Venables' days in Manhattan killed that movement before it ever really got started. Plus, Venables' son is now a freshman at Clemson, and he's more interested in staying there at the moment.
So, that left Kansas State AD Gene Taylor with options that included head coaches at North Texas, Memphis, and his old employer - FCS power North Dakota State.
Taylor opted for the latter, and hired an extremely successful FCS coach in Chris Klieman, who enjoyed a ton of success, including three FCS national championships, after Taylor hired him at NDSU.
We'll see if the Wildcats can get a taste of the successful formula one James Patrick Tressel brought from FCS to the big boy table in Columbus.