MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Another bombshell Monday for the Kansas State football program.
On the same day the University revealed Bill Snyder is undergoing treatment for throat cancer, they also announced that one of the men who has stood along the sideline with the Wildcats' iconic head coach for decades is retiring.
Co-offensive coordinator Del Miller will step down from coaching, effective immediately. He will then stay on as a quality control coach through the end of his contract in May.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity I’ve had here at Kansas State,” Miller said. “I’ve enjoyed my time with many players that I’ve coached through the years. They are the guys that make it worthwhile. I certainly want to express my thanks to Coach Snyder for the opportunity he presented me in 1989."
Miller was the first assistant coach hired by Bill Snyder way back in 1989 and helped turn around one of the losingest college football programs in history, making it into a consistent post-season and conference title contender.
“Del has been a great contributor to our program, our University and our community,” Snyder said. “He and his wonderful wife, Jan, and sons Todd and Tad will be dearly missed.”
Snyder also denied reports that Miller was asked to step aside, calling it "a totally false report."
"In fact, I was greatly surprised when he came in to tell me about his retirement plans," he added.
Miller said he made the choice to retire because the quarterback situation was "very stable."
“We have an experienced quarterback coming back, and the stable of quarterbacks is solid for quite some time," he continued. "I thought this was a good time because most of our players are coming back, so that transition can work very smoothly.”
Before coming to K-State, Miller also served under another legendary head coach, Iowa's Hayden Fry, from 1978-1988. In 1995, he left to serve as the head coach at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State), before returning to K-State for a year. He has also had stints as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and San Diego State.