Twitter shows support for Bill Snyder after cancer diagnosis


K-State Athletics announced Monday morning that Bill Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer. Following the announcement, Twitter users offered words of support to the Hall of Fame coach, who said he would continue coaching.

The Pride of Wildcat Land marching band shared two of Snyder’s 16 Goals for Success, accompanied by a photo of the band forming “beat cancer” on the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Twitter user Mike Stanley added another one of Snyder’s goals.

The Manhattan area community rallied behind the coach, including Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley. The 2016 football season marked the 10th year of the formal partnership between Fort Riley and the K-State football program.

The sports world joined in the support of Snyder, including Big 12 Conference foe West Virginia.

The Kansas City Chiefs joined in wishing Snyder a speedy recovery.

Holly Rowe, an ESPN sideline reporter who has covered K-State football and basketball, is a cancer survivor.

Among the many journalists who tweeted their support for Snyder was Zaldy Doyungan, a K-State graduate and KSNT News sports reporter.

Snyder won his 200th game as the head coach of K-State on Nov. 26, 2016, against KU. The 201st came against TCU and the 202nd was the Texas Bowl victory over Texas A&M, after which several K-State fans proclaimed that Snyder owned Texas due to five victories over Texas schools in one season.

Steve Brisendine, a sports reporter covering the professional soccer team Sporting KC, tweeted that Coach will send one of his trademark notes to cancer once he beats it.

Ross Jensby, a K-State graduate, tweeted that Snyder, who is known for providing little information on his teams to the media, would now have an excuse to avoid press conferences.

Another Twitter user pointed out Snyder’s unorthodox approach to recruiting players and filling positions, which includes turning overlooked recruits into NFL stars. Do you think that pharmacy school recruit came from KU?

Damon Amendolara, a CBS Sports Radio host, called Snyder “tough” for continuing to coach while fighting cancer.

Others pointed out that Snyder apologized in the press releases for not telling family and friends personally.

Shea Roy, senior in kinesiology, tweeted that Snyder’s fight with cancer gave her newfound Monday motivation to attend class.

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State tweeted its own support for Snyder.

The following tweet includes a link to more information on how to donate to the center’s cancer research.

Those wishing to send support and well-wishes to Coach Snyder may do so at the address in the following tweet. They may also fill out the Collegian’s get-well card in today’s print edition.

Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.