Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Kansas State rewards Snyder Five-year pact valued at $14.75M ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bill Snyder turned 73 in October, so it was only natural that folks across college football would start wondering just how long the maestro of Manhattan would remain on the sidelines.
Kansas State delivered its answer Thursday: As long as he wants.
Snyder signed a new five-year contract that includes an increase in base compensation to $14.75 million over the life of the contract. The deal replaces one signed in 2009 that did not specify his compensation past the fifth year, and like that contract, it will roll over annually.
"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," Snyder said in a statement.
Snyder, who was voted AP's Big 12 coach of the year after going 11-2 this season, will make $2.75 million for the 2013 season, with annual increases of $100,000 through the 2017 season. The contract also includes several bonus and benefit provisions.
Athletic director John Currie told The Associated Press that he wanted to reward Snyder after winning the school's second Big 12 title this past season, but he also acknowledged that rumors and questions that always seem to circle around the most successful coach in school history.
Some recruits have begun to question whether Snyder would be around for their entire career, and two assistants have departed the staff this offseason -- one for Arkansas, another for Big 12 rival Oklahoma State -- and generated more questions about the program's long-term stability.
Even when Snyder's coaching career is finished, he'll still have a place at Kansas State. His contract calls for him to become a special assistant to the AD at an annual salary of $250,000.
"The nature of his re-engagement four years ago led to some of those questions," Currie said. "I never had those questions (about how long he'll coach). My interaction with him is always inspiring, because he's always so diligent, working hard and thinking only about those matters at hand."
Snyder arrived at Kansas State in 1989 and quickly set about turning around one of the worst programs in major college football, one that had gone winless in 27 consecutive games.
Within three years, the Wildcats were a winning team. Within five, they were headed to their second ever bowl game. Within seven, they were producing double-digit victory totals.
Snyder's career record of 170-85-1, all with the Wildcats, places him seventh among active head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision in victories.
Oregon promotes Frost: Oregon has promoted former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost to offensive coordinator under new coach Mark Helfrich.
The move announced Thursday had been expected since Helfrich, the team's former offensive coordinator, was made the Ducks' head coach on Jan. 20. Frost will also serve as quarterbacks coach in his new role.
The 38-year-old has been Oregon's wide receivers coach for the past four seasons under coach Chip Kelly, who left the Ducks earlier this month to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.