After leading Kansas State to a 10-2 record, a second-place finish in the Big 12 and a Cotton Bowl appearance, Bill Snyder was named the AP Big 12 Coach of the Year today.
The coaching legend also won the award in 1998 and 2002 to go along with three Big Eight Coach of the Year awards. He won the Walter Camp National Coach of the Year Award in 1998 and is likely one of the front-runners for that honor this season as well.
No one expected much from a Wildcats team that had consistently finished behind most of the Big 12 in the recruiting rankings over the last few years, as they were picked to finish 8th by the coaches in the conference's preseason poll.
In a league where spread passing attacks have become the norm, Snyder went in the opposite direction, emphasizing a run-heavy game led by 6'5 225 junior QB Collin Klein, who finished with more than twice as many TD's through the ground (26) as he did through the air (12).
In his third year back after a three-year retirement in the middle of the decade, Snyder was able to return Kansas State to national relevance, the only coach in the program's history able to do that.
The Wildcats 10-2 record this season pushed his all-time record as a head coach in Manhattan to 159-82-1, giving him a winning percentage of 65%. In comparison, the other 22 head coaches in the program's 100-year history have a winning percentage of 49.7%.