Kansas State Football: Unusually Busy February


The Kansas State Wildcat Football coaching staff is in the news a lot since National Signing Day. How will the team respond to the news and the changes?

Kansas State Football lives on a peaceful island of continuity. The coaching staff is rarely in the news.

When you consider the coaching staff changes for the Big 12 team in Douglas County, Kansas State is boring.

Bill Snyder guides the ship and those on the staff are thankful to be a part of one of the best organization in the conference and the country.

Most teams have some coaching change or more annually. It’s a part of the business. Sports web sites are dedicated to the daily news of coaching job hiring, firing, moving and more.

Kansas State fans won’t see much about Bill Snyder and staff on those sites.

This offseason is different.

Since an outstanding National Signing Day, media speculation started  surrounding coach Snyder’s health.

Rumors forced Snyder on Monday to reveal his doctors had diagnosed him with a very treatable form of throat cancer.

In a University media release Snyder said, “With so much talk presently out there, I certainly owe it to everyone to make them aware of my condition.”

Rather than slow down, Snyder has been busy hiring a new quarterback coach.

Over the weekend, word leaked that former Wildcat great Collin Klein was leaving the sideline at Northern Iowa to join the Wildcat staff.

In addition to the healthcare report on Snyder, the University confirmed what we thought. Del Miller was going to hang up the whistle.

Co-offensive coordinator Miller has tutored some of the best quarterbacks and coached during some of the Wildcats’ most memorable seasons in school history. As reported in a media release from Kansas State Athletics,  Miller helped Snyder to 150 wins, 12 bowl appearances and two Big 12 Championships.

During his time in Manhattan, Miller tutored 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein.

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Now the youngster Klein will take Miller’s job coaching the quarterbacks. It sounds like a great transition.

Klein is an outstanding young man with tremendous potential. He also has enormous shoes to fill.

He won’t be wearing shoulder pads. He will have motivate, inspire and get the best out of whoever is under center for the ‘Cats. It’s a huge responsibility. If Bill Snyder believes Collin is ready, then he is ready to do the job.