Replacing Snyder

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Head coach Bill Snyder talks to a friend on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the annual Spring Game, played this year at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on April 25, 2015. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

With K-State’s 2015 football season a little over a month away, the inevitable yearly dialogue about the future of the Wildcat program has been ignited.

The diatribe fire has been fueled this year by comments made by 75-year-old K-State head coach Bill Snyder on who he’d like to see take his place on the purple throne after his tenure ends for good.

Snyder, as he’s done in the past, put his full support behind his associate head coach, special teams coordinator and son, Sean Snyder.

This preference has been divisive among followers of the program.

For some, they get it.

Sean has been with the program since 1989, serving under the tutelage of what folks in this part of the country consider the greatest coach ever. With that experience, Sean would understand how difficult job it is to keep a program like K-State on a level that competes with the brand names of the world.

Recruiting is different, the type of player K-State gets is different, the walk-on formula perfected by Bill Snyder over the past 20-plus years is different. Sean’s been there for all of it and knows the trade secrets.

It’s unknown if other methods will work, but we do know the Bill Snyder method is tried and true.

If Coach Snyder thinks that Sean is the right fit, then who are we to disagree with the Pope of the Powercat?

And honestly, that argument does make a lot of sense. Who knows what would be better for K-State football than Bill Snyder?

Having said that, the argument against Sean are just as valid.

While Sean’s K-State experience is a positive, it’s also a negative. Sean has only coached under two head coaches: one is his dad, the other is Ron Prince.

Some coaches most valuable experiences came with the knowledge gained by working under several head coaches on their way to becoming head coaches themselves.

While the Bill Snyder experience is very valuable, every successful head coach that at one time coached under Snyder has had time under different coaches before gaining their success.

As for Sean’s time in Ron Prince’s K-State … we’ll just hope Sean got a crash course in how not to do things in those three years.

Bill Snyder has said many times that Sean “runs the program,” but we don’t know exactly what that means. It could mean that over the past several years, Bill Snyder has been nothing more than a figurehead while Sean pulls the strings from behind the curtain.

Murmurings around the program suggest that Athletic Director John Currie wouldn’t buy into the Sean Snyder experiment. That method would allow Sean to run the show until Coach Snyder can find a way to out-fox the administration into a clean passing of the torch.

However, “run the program” could just entail controlling the special teams and all football operations. Booking the flights and buses scheduling hotel and the like. Basically handling the non-sexy parts of running a Division I football program. Day-to-day minutia that someone’s got to do.

Running the program, yes. Responsible for on the field success and Bill Snyder brand footballl miracles, not quite.

Eventually, the program will change hands once again; even if it’s from Bill Snyder to a computer hologram that Bill Snyder has downloaded his consciousness into. No matter what happens, you can not say that Sean hasn’t made his mark on the program.

Special teams has consistently been good or better under Sean, even in the dark Ron Prince years.

If K-State doesn’t grab him, another school would probably use his services whether that be as a head coach or a coordinator.

Without a crystal ball, it’s hard to know who and what will be the correct choices for a successful future. Even with the slight bouquet of nepotism careening from the situation, however, the smart money is on the opinion of the man with his name on a stadium, a highway and his own statue.

That guy just might know something about what he’s doing.

Timothy Everson is a sophomore in mass communications.

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Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.