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Sources: Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder set for Hall of Fame induction

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder became eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame when he turned 75 in October.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder became eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame when he turned 75 in October. The Wichita Eagle

Bill Snyder is on his way to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Two Kansas State sources confirmed an ESPN report published Thursday morning that the Wildcat football coach will be announced Friday as a 2015 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. He will be introduced as part of the 2015 class at 10 a.m. at a news conference in Dallas, leading up to the national championship game.

ESPN, citing sources, reports the class will consist of 15 players and two coaches. The induction ceremony is Dec. 8 in New York.

Snyder will become the sixth active coach inducted into the Hall of Fame. At the age of 75, he has served as K-State’s coach for 23 seasons, starting in 1989. He briefly retired in 2005, but returned to the sideline after three seasons away.

Snyder is 187-94-1 at K-State, guiding the Wildcats to two Big 12 championships and 16 bowl games. His teams have twice been ranked No. 1, in 1998 by the USA Today poll and in 2012 in the BCS rankings.

Before arriving at K-State, the Wildcats were known as one of the nation’s worst college football programs, playing in just one bowl game.

Snyder was nominated for the Hall of Fame earlier this season, describing the news as a “humbling event.” He became eligible as an active coach when he turned 75 in October.

He was asked about possibly being inducted at a news conference before the Alamo Bowl.

“Well, as any coach would be, you’re honored and pleased, but it makes you think back about all the people that have invested so much to allow something like that to take place,” Snyder said. “First and foremost, really, we talk so much about family and that means a lot of people … It means so much. Hopefully it’s meaningful to them.”

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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