You’ve seen plenty of words from the Bring on the Cats staff and other reporters reflecting on what Bill Snyder meant to Kansas State, but perhaps no one knows what kind of impact he left than his players over the last 30 years. We were fortunate enough to speak with three more of them for this very special podcast looking back at Bill Snyder 2.0, from his return in 2009 to his retirement a little more than a month ago. If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to check out our podcast for Bill Snyder 1.0, from the beginning of his tenure for his first retirement in 2005.
We began this one with former defensive back Tysyn Hartman, who acknowledges he was among the group of players that were wrongly disappointed when K-State re-hired Snyder for the 2009 season. They learned quickly, and Tysyn tells some great stories about how Coach successfully took on the second rebuild in much the same way as the first. At about the 19:00 mark, former wide receiver Curry Sexton joins the podcast to talk about what it was like to play for the coach he grew up admiring. Finally, at 46:40, quarterback Alex Delton shares reflections on Coach Snyder’s stubborn refusal to let throat cancer stop him and what it was like to play amidst all the rumors leading up to Snyder’s eventual retirement. Alex also told us why he’s excited to go play his senior season at UTEP, while noting it will never be as special to him as Kansas State University.
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