Kansas State climbed the national polls to No. 7 on Sunday following the Wildcats’ 24-19 victory at Oklahoma over the weekend. On Wednesday, people were still talking about the Wildcats and their surge into the national spotlight.
Appearing on ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Show Wednesday, K-State coach Bill Snyder admitted his discomfort for attention, but said he understands why his Wildcats (4-0) are media darlings this week.
“Not really — in all reality, no,” Snyder quipped when asked if he enjoyed the recent attention. “Four weeks into the season whatever is up on the board is reasonably insignificant at this point in time. I think our players deserve whatever accolades they get, the pats on the back. The bottom line is how you respond to it.
“It’s kind of like traveling to Oklahoma, or places like that. There are a lot of potential distractions and it’s all about how you respond to it. That’s what this is about too.”
Snyder was also asked if he ever intended to return to coaching after he had retired following the 2005 season.
“Never,” he said. “That was never my intent to do that and I was very comfortable doing what I was doing. I got involved in an awful lot of things statewide with our governor at the time, Kathleen Sebelius. I got involved in a mentoring initiative and several leadership programs and was really enjoying that.”
Snyder said even after he was first approached about returning to football, the decision didn’t come easy.
“Even at that it probably took three months to make the decision,” Snyder said. “It really wasn’t about football. I didn’t come to Kansas State many, many years ago about football. It was about the people. And we stayed all those years because of the people. And when we retired, we stayed here, didn’t move to a warm-weather climate, because of the people and the friendships we’ve made and the tremendous respect I have for Kansas State people and the university and Manhattan and how well they’ve treated my family and I.
“The reason I came back — it wasn’t about football.”
K-State is off this Saturday, but returns to the field on Oct. 6 when the Wildcats host rival Kansas at 11 a.m., televised on FX.