Eagle editorial: Proud of the purple

11/16/2012 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:13 AM

Every Kansan is a Wildcat right now, and no wonder. Coach Bill Snyder’s Kansas State University team has reached the top of the BCS standings and the cover of Sports Illustrated, which called senior quarterback Collin Klein “the best player on the nation’s best team.”

On Saturday the team could claim a share of the Big 12 Conference title and a BCS bowl bid with a win in Waco, Texas. “Baylor, it’s your turn to go down,” warned Sporting News’ Steve Greenberg.

But the real hunger is for that January national championship game in Miami.

Fans want it, and they know the 2012 Wildcats can win it.

Anyone surprised by K-State’s success hasn’t been paying attention to Snyder’s achievement in Manhattan in 21 seasons across 23 years.

This fall’s commanding wins and 10-0 record are only the latest act in a long, inspirational story about focus and hard work and pushing players to realize their potential.

Snyder first stepped in as head coach in 1989 at what Sports Illustrated was calling “Futility U,” because it had seen only four winning seasons since World War II.

That was then.

Snyder’s K-State teams have won more than two-thirds of their games and played in 13 bowls.

Kansans can be thankful that the 73-year-old legend, who retired prematurely once, isn’t finished yet.

Congratulations to Snyder and his “youngsters” on their brilliant season, and good luck in the games ahead.

Their achievement has their state bursting with purple pride.

For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman

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