What They're Saying About the Return of Bill Snyder

ROCK CARTWRIGHT, RUNNING BACK, WASHINGTON REDSKINS
“I’m excited for the school. I think Coach Snyder is a great coach and I think he will get the team back on track like the way they used to be. It’s great news that he will be back. He was the first coach to explain to me the importance of practice. He told me once I do not like the way you are practicing.’ I took it personal and went out and practiced harder.  It was very helpful to me.  He really helped me improve my practice habits. He is a great man, an honest man who just wants you to go out and work. It will really pay off if you work as hard as he asked you to do.”

RYAN LILJA, OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
“Coach Snyder has been an outstanding leader for Kansas State. He has shaped many lives through his talents, including mine. I am excited Coach Snyder has returned and I wish him every success.”

KEVIN LOCKETT, FORMER K-STATE AND NFL WIDE RECEIVER
“In my mind, Coach Snyder was the ideal candidate for this position. He brings a track record of success. Bob Krause knew what they were getting when he re-hired Bill Snyder, and that was a proven winner. At the current state of the program that’s what we needed a proven track record of winning and someone who had Kansas State ties, and coach was the only one that fit that profile.”

MARK MANGINO, HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
“I was a lot more surprised when he retired than when I heard he was coming back. I’m not surprised at all he’s coming back.”

JON MCGRAW, DEFENSIVE BACK, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
“I just heard the news last night. I’m a little bit surprised, but obviously he’s still up to it. I’m sure that the fan base is excited about it and I’m sure that the players are excited about it too. I hope that it’s a smooth transition back into things for him and I think that everyone is hopeful that it will work out. It does surprise me a little bit, but I haven’t talked to him since the last off-season. I’m surprised, but hopeful that things are going to work out for the football program.”

JORDY NELSON, WIDE RECEIVER, GREEN BAY PACKERS
“I'm excited to hear that Coach Snyder is returning to the sideline and hope that the program can soon return to its winning ways.”

GARY PINKEL, HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
“I was very surprised, but obviously he missed coaching a lot and he’s looking forward to getting back in. I know him well enough to know that he has a great love for Kansas State. He has a lot of pride in what he built there. We’ve got a great coach back in the Big 12. I just have great respect for him.”

GARY SPANI, FORMER K-STATE LINEBACKER AND DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
“I had the privilege of sitting on the selection committee the first time Kansas State hired Bill Snyder. At that time, he was clearly the right man to build the Kansas State football program. It goes without saying what his leadership, drive and his vision did for the university as well for the Big 12 Conference. At a time such as this, to have Bill Snyder once again chosen to head the Kansas State football program and help bring forth that foundation and tradition of excellence that Kansas State players and fans so loved is maybe unexpected but I know one thing... Bill Snyder is a winner and his path is proven and tested. Although it is a new challenge in a new era, I believe for one that he will once again be up for the challenge.”

BOB STOOPS, HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
“This is exciting for Coach Snyder. I’ve always been a big fan of his. He had a strong influence on my career, and I’m happy for him.”