It’s nice to see Kansas State University honoring Bill Snyder. We expect quite a bit more.
K-State announced this week that there will be an event on Sat., July 13, at Bramlage Coliseum to which the public is invited. The event will include speeches by former players Kevin Lockett and B.J. Finney, as well as former university President Jon Wefald, golfing great Jim Colbert, former play-by-play announcer Mitch Holthus and former assistant coach Bob Stoops. Mr. Stoops went on to a Hall-of-Fame career as the head coach at Oklahoma.
The event was not initially planned to be public. It’s tied in to a charity fundraiser held annually by some of Coach Snyder’s former players, but officials including Coach Snyder decided to open it for free to fans as well. There will be highlight videos from the Snyder era, and a chance to honor him for his career.
That’s a nice gesture, and we’re certain some fans will have a warm experience hearing stories and seeing familiar faces.
It won’t be nearly enough. This is an event in mid-July, when half the town is away on scheduled vacations, announced with less than two weeks’ notice. Very few people from, say, Scott City or Lee’s Summit are going to be able to make the drive. K-State’s announcement said that the doors to Bramlage would only be open for 15 minutes, and asked fans to sit in one section of the coliseum. So nobody’s expecting a throng.
Coach Snyder’s impact here is impossible to measure, but it’s certainly worth a celebration bigger than that.
His tenure ended awkwardly, with an announcement that included no comments from the man himself. That came after a season that ended in disappointment.
Now, K-State wants to channel energy into current coach Chris Klieman, and that’s appropriate. Coach Snyder has also expressed a desire to stay out of the way, and that’s certainly admirable, too.
But fans need a chance to really celebrate and honor the man who created Wildcat Nation. We have to figure that day is in the works for sometime a little further down the road.