A message from head football coach Bill Snyder

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Coach Bill Snyder talks into his headset during the game against Oklahoma at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. on Oct. 21, 2017. (File photo by Alanoud Alanazi | Collegian Media Group)

I have heard of several instances of recent inappropriate actions on our campus, which greatly concerns me.

I think back to first coming to Kansas State in 1989 because of the people and what a special, unified spirit existed here. I have had many offers to leave throughout the years, but have chosen to stay because of the people of K-State and our community.

You and those who preceded you have carried on that family tradition for a quarter of a century, of which I am so very, very proud. Therefore, you can readily see how these present-day disruptions are so very concerning to me.

It is not always the easiest thing to get along with someone we may disagree with, but we have always managed to do so and have become better people because of it. As in our football program, we have always been a diverse and inclusive university and community, which has indeed made K-State truly special.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I ask you to please join in our fight against division by participating in the K-State Unity Walk and KSUnite on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Just join the walk to Anderson Hall’s lawn at 1 p.m. and unite with the rest of our family to hear President Richard Myers’ address at 1:30 p.m.

I pray that each of us commits ourselves to help eliminate any type of division in our university environment and join our fellow students, faculty and community in once again becoming an inclusive, diverse and caring family. Thank you for listening. God bless you.

My prayers are with you,

Bill Snyder

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