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                === K-State rewards Snyder with new contract ===
 
 Manhattan,  KS (Sports Network) - Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder
 has signed a new five-year contract through the 2017 season.
 
 The  deal  increases Snyder's salary to  $2.75 million for the 2013 season and
 will total $14.75 million through the end of the pact.
 
 Snyder  is the winningest coach in school history, having compiled a record of
 170-85-1,  including 34-16  since his return in 2009. The Wildcats won the Big
 12  title  this past season  with a mark of  11-2, including 8-1 in conference
 play.
 
 "Bill  Snyder is  one  of  college football's  most  respected  legends and  a
 complete  ambassador  for K-State and  Manhattan," said Kansas State president
 Kirk  Schulz in a  statement Thursday. "We are so fortunate to have one of the
 very  best  coaches in college  football history,  who also fully embraces and
 understands the value and mission of our university."
 
 Snyder,  now  73 years  old, first  became K-State coach  in November 1988 and
 completely  turned around  a program that had been 0-26-1 before he was hired.
 By  1991,  the Wildcats  had a  seven-win season  and reached  the first of 11
 straight bowl games just two years later.
 
 After  first  retiring following the  2005 season,  Snyder was asked to return
 just three years later. The Wildcats have reached a bowl game each of the last
 three  seasons, losing all of them, including a 35-17 setback to Oregon in the
 Fiesta Bowl this past season.
 
 "My entire family and I have been so very grateful for the genuine, caring and
 loyal  support K-Staters  have provided our coaches, staff, families and young
 people  on a  yearly basis," said Snyder.  "And, as I have stated so often, we
 came  to Kansas State  because of the people, stayed because of the people and
 returned  because of the people, and that remains unchanged. We have continued
 to  make  daily improvement as  a football program, and  I am grateful for the
 opportunity  to continue  and will do so as  long as I feel that I am having a
 positive  impact on  our university,  community and  football program  and the
 young men that are involved."
 
 Snyder, for whom the university's football stadium is named, has guided Kansas
 State  to  seven 11-win seasons  during his tenure.  His 170 victories are the
 seventh-most  among  active FBS  coaches and  are more than  triple the man in
 second place on K-State's all-time coaching victories list.
 
 
 
 
 01/31 12:31:42 ET