Bill Snyder wanted his job back in 2005

September, 5, 2011
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Ron Prince's tenure at Kansas State lasted just three seasons, and the Wildcats finished just one of them in the postseason and with a winning record -- in 2006, Prince's first.

According to a report in the Manhattan Mercury, it almost never happened.

In 2005, Bill Snyder had a change of heart shortly after "retiring."
"About two weeks after he retired, he met with president (Jon) Wefald, Mr. (Bob) Krause and Mr. (Tim) Weiser, and indicated that he'd had a change of heart and wanted to resume his position as head football coach," former K-State associate athletic director Jim Epps testified during a deposition in the case involving former coach Ron Prince. "I wasn't there. I was told this."

That's what we like to call a fascinating anecdote.

Snyder also reportedly considered retiring after the 2004 season, but decided to give it another season.

After that brief change of heart, Snyder looked to settle into retirement while Prince took over at Kansas State, rebuffing interest from six other schools wondering if he'd be open to coaching again.

So why didn't Kansas State decide to keep its legendary coach who had logged 17 seasons in Manhattan, a Big 12 title and a stadium that's now named after him?
Wefald told The Mercury this week that he felt Snyder's heart wasn't fully invested into actually returning and that it was simply a case of Snyder being uneasy about retiring. That's why the former KSU president said the decision was made to move forward in finding a new football coach.

Snyder's teams won 11 games in six of seven seasons from 1997-2003, but suffered through a pair of losing seasons in 2004 and 2005 before Snyder retired.

Since returning to the field in 2009, Snyder's teams are 14-12 and returned to a bowl game in the 2010 season.

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