There was a bit of shock that came with Bill Snyder’s announcement of his throat cancer diagnosis on Monday morning.
But soon after, a wave of support came flooding in across social media with former players, national media types and other schools spreading messages of hope for the hall of fame coach.
Snyder announced his prognosis Monday after numerous reports came out over the weekend that he was being treated for a serious illness. His statement said doctors had a positive outlook and he doesn’t plan on missing any time during spring practice or the upcoming season.
As soon as Kansas State released the information, support started coming from Twitter.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter gave out the address for the Vanier Family Football Complex and Wildcat fans urged others to send Snyder handwritten notes, as he has famously done for several years.
“So many prayers for someone I admire greatly,” said ESPN’s Holly Rowe, who has also battled with cancer.
“Bill Snyder is probably going to use some Walk-On doctor and kick Cancer right in the (butt) w/some fundamentally sound approach,” CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb said.
Snyder, 77, is well-known for turning around the K-State football program, winning 202 games in his 25 years as the head coach in Manhattan. His production on the field helped him become a Hall of Famer, and his generosity off has turned him into a legend.
“Thoughts and Prayers for one of the best coaches ever,” former Texas coach and Snyder’s close friend Mack Brown said. “Hope you have a full and speedy recovery my friend!”
Kansas politicians Roger Marshall, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts each tweeted out well wishes for Snyder, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs. Former K-State First Lady Noel Schulz offered thoughts and prayers and several former Wildcat bowl destinations offered the same.
Fans who expressed they didn’t necessarily liked K-State admitted they respect Snyder. Even numerous Kansas fans were wishing him well.
The K-State Marching Band tied Snyder’s fight against cancer in with his 16 Goals for Success, quoting goal No. 5 (Be tough, mentally and physically) and No. 10 (never give up).
There were numerous lighthearted jokes about cancer picking the wrong fight, too.
Snyder has been receiving treatments for the past three weeks in outpatient therapy through the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The cancer diagnosis forced Snyder to take a little bit of time away from the football program, but he was able to meet with recruits during visits in January. and he met with the media in early February to cap National Signing Day.
He fully expects to coach the team through its spring practices and the Spring Game.
Snyder’s announcement came amid speculation that began last Friday. The typically humble coach began a statement Monday by apologizing to those he wasn’t able to speak with personally before the public message.
“I feel bad having to release this information about my health in this manner prior to sharing it in person with so many personal friends, distant family, players and their families, past and present, and many of the Kansas State football family so close to our program,” Snyder said in the statement. “But, with so much talk presently out there, I certainly owe it to everyone to make them aware of my condition.”
Doctors have worked out a schedule with Snyder that allows him to make it to Kansas City for treatments and also be back in the office in Vanier to get the team ready for the spring.
K-State begins spring practice late in March and then plays the Spring Game on April 22. And Snyder expects to be right back on the sidelines, not missing a beat.