Only four months after being diagnosed with throat cancer, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder has finished treatments and has already turned his full attention to spring practices.
K-State's beloved coach, who has a 202-105-1 mark in 25 years at the school,told reporters Tuesdaythe diagnosis was not something he wanted to hear, "But, by the same token, it is what it is and you have to deal with it."
Snyder had not talked to reporters since the Wildcats'victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28. The Wichita Eaglereported the 77-year-old coach appeared "back to normal," lookinghealthier than he had thiswinter while he underwent treatment.
"The hardest part is just the after-effects that come along with it,"Snyder said, via the Eagle. "That is what we are going through right now. But millions and millions of people have done it."
Snyder finished his cancer treatments in early March, and while there will be follow-up testing and doctor visits, he said the outlook is good.
Now his focus has returned towhat the College Football Hall of Fame coach does so well — molding another winner. He has had only three losing seasons in Manhattan since 1992.
Snyder hasbeen putting in eight-hour shifts at school, and doing other work at home, but beyond preparing for spring football, he has another chore. He says he'sreceived thousands of well-wishes and get-well cards from people around the world, and he's methodically trying to respond to all of them, even if it's only a form letter in some cases.
"That is a very humbling thing," he said.
Snyder's players have been amazed at their coach's resilience.
"When he announced to us that he had throat cancer it was tough for all of us to take,"running back Alex Barnes told the Eagle. "But we know that Coach Snyder is a tough man and that he is going to be able to get through it. He has our support and he has the support of the entire K-State community. He’s going as strong as ever."