Bill Snyder is often regarded as college football’s grandfather and a wizard. But it appears he might be much more than that.
According to a report from college football insider Brett McMurphy, Oregon’s defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt had reached a deal to become the coach-in-waiting at Kansas State, and take over starting in the 2018 season. He was at the time the Colorado defensive coordinator and helped turn the defense into one of the best in the country as the Buffaloes won 10 games last year.
But Snyder blocked the move because he wants his son Sean, who is Kansas State’s associate head coach and special teams coordinator, to become his successor.
Per McMurphy, Leavitt aslo has a clause in his Oregon contract that should he end up getting the Kansas State job, he would not have to pay any of his buyout. After initially blocking the move last December, Kansas State wanted to approach the idea once again with Snyder but the coach had been diagnosed with throat cancer and the school “opted to no longer pursue the plan for Leavitt to replace Snyder.”
Snyder is 78 years old and the oldest coach in the FBS. While lines have succession with iconic coaches have been problems before, see Jimbo Fisher and Bobby Bowden at Florida State, few have ever had as many angles as this one. Kansas State also saws its atheltic director, John Currie, leave to become the athletic director at Tennessee in the off-season as well.
Kansas State is 5-5 this year, with a loss on the road to Vanderbilt as well. Snyder is the winning-est coach in school history, as he has compiled a 207-110-1 record in his two stints at the school.
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