K-State rewards Snyder with new contract

Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder has signed a new five-year contract through the 2017 season.

The deal increases Snyder's salary to $2.75 million for the 2013 season and will total $14.75 million through the end of the pact.

Snyder is the winningest coach in school history, having compiled a record of 170-85-1, including 34-16 since his return in 2009. The Wildcats won the Big 12 title this past season with a mark of 11-2, including 8-1 in conference play.

"Bill Snyder is one of college football's most respected legends and a complete ambassador for K-State and Manhattan," said Kansas State president Kirk Schulz in a statement Thursday. "We are so fortunate to have one of the very best coaches in college football history, who also fully embraces and understands the value and mission of our university."

Snyder, now 73 years old, first became K-State coach in November 1988 and completely turned around a program that had been 0-26-1 before he was hired. By 1991, the Wildcats had a seven-win season and reached the first of 11 straight bowl games just two years later.

After first retiring following the 2005 season, Snyder was asked to return just three years later. The Wildcats have reached a bowl game each of the last three seasons, losing all of them, including a 35-17 setback to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl this past season.

"My entire family and I have been so very grateful for the genuine, caring and loyal support K-Staters have provided our coaches, staff, families and young people on a yearly basis," said Snyder. "And, as I have stated so often, we came to Kansas State because of the people, stayed because of the people and returned because of the people, and that remains unchanged. We have continued to make daily improvement as a football program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue and will do so as long as I feel that I am having a positive impact on our university, community and football program and the young men that are involved."

Snyder, for whom the university's football stadium is named, has guided Kansas State to seven 11-win seasons during his tenure. His 170 victories are the seventh-most among active FBS coaches and are more than triple the man in second place on K-State's all-time coaching victories list.