Decision on Bill Snyder coaching future likely coming this week

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State takes on TCU on Saturday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH) -- In a Monday conversation with Wildcat Insider, Kansas State University Athletic Director Gene Taylor says he expects to sit down with Wildcat head football coach Bill Snyder this week to discuss Snyder's future with the program he's credited for building from the ground up.

The disappointing end to the 2018 season comes with speculation that the Nov. 24 loss at Iowa State could be Snyder's last on the Wildcat sideline. Further speculation says that decision could come as soon as Wednesday.

Taylor didn't indicate one way or the other if he expects to hire a new coach in the offseason.

"I think we'll get something settled this week," Taylor says. "He's got some things he wants to work through. We'll probably get together later this week and just kind of talk through the season and talk about things that, you know, we need to do to get better and figure out what the next steps are."

One question Taylor addressed in the Monday-morning interview was whether recent moves at other schools, including a decision by Texas Tech to fire head coach Cliff Kingsbury put extra pressure on any timeline there may be regarding a decision on Snyder's future.

In a nutshell, Taylor says he's not focused on what's happening at other schools and believes K-State stands strong enough to attract the right candidates when Snyder does step down, whether that be this week or still a few years out.

"To me, I think if there is a change, I have confidence in our program, I have confidence in who we are as an institution that we're gonna have a lot of candidates that are gonna be interested to come to K-State," he says.

He says when it comes to discussing Snyder's future, the decorated coach does have a lot of latitude based on what he's done for K-State football, the university and even the state of Kansas.

While Taylor says he does value what the fans want, he's not going to make a decision about Snyder based on what various opinion polls may say. Wildcat Insider cited one poll that overwhelmingly showed support for K-State moving forward with a search for a new coach.

In addition to meeting with Snyder this week, Taylor says he'll talk with K-State President Richard Myers to talk about where Wildcat football is as a program.

"At the end of the day, my job as AD is to figure out how to make the program better," Taylor says.