Snyder considered lieutenant governor bid

June, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder apparently had other ideas than merely retirement when he left the school in 2005.

Snyder told a group of KSU boosters during a meeting in Arkansas City that he was former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' first choice to run as lieutenant governor on her Democratic ticket.

The Kansas City Star reported that Snyder turned down Sebelius' offer after Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne advised him against it.

Sebelius then chose Mark Parkinson as her running mate in June 2006.

Sebelius told Wichita television station KAKE that she did speak to Snyder about the job, but the talks with Snyder never reached the offer stage.

If Snyder had opted to enter politics, he might have taken a jump at higher elective office.

Sebelius resigned from her job as governor to accept a position in the Obama Administration as the Health and Human Services secretary. Parkinson replaced Sebelius as governor.

If Snyder had joined her, would his political ambitions have pushed him into running to be Kansas' next governor after she left state government?

We'll never know.  

Instead, he's grappling with a more immediate challenge of trying to settle on a starting quarterback. And probably feeling a little more comfortable in that decision than most he would have faced in politics.

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