Monday hit us all like a ton of bricks. And no, not just because it was Monday. K-State finally released info on the health status of Bill Snyder, and the diagnosis is throat cancer. The medical teams at KU Med and MD Anderson have given Snyder a very positive outlook, and we all know Snyder’s ability to be stubborn and fight. All we can do is hope and pray and send positive thoughts Coach’s direction. Get well soon, Coach!
We do have three non-report takes on the Snyder situation for you. First, Derek Smith, at the Junction City Daily Union, got some former players reactions to the news. Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle talked to a different set, and got their reactions. And Kevin Haskin at the Topeka Capital-Journal says to remember to send Snyder some love on Valentine’s Day (which is today, in case you forgot).
Also out of the Vanier Football Complex yesterday, was the news that Del Miller, co-offensive coordinator and QB coach, was retiring from football. He will stay on as a “quality control assistant” until his contract expires in May. His time in Manhattan as a coach included overseeing quarterbacks Chad May, Ell Roberson, Collin Klein, Jake Waters, and, most recently, Jesse Ertz (Ken Corbitt, Capital-Journal). There has been plenty of speculation, and “sources say” that Collin Klein will be his replacement (D. Smith, JC DU). No official word has been released from the K-State athletic or football offices.
In non-football news, Brett Engle at the K-State Collegian posits that the final 6-game stretch will determine the Wildcat’s NCAA Tournament fate, with the Cats needing at least four more wins (either 4-2, or 3-3 with a Big 12 tournament win) to feel safe come Selection Sunday.