Kansas State’s Bill Snyder Diagnosed With Throat Cancer


Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The prognosis for the longtime Wildcats leader is good, however.


Kansas State’s Bill Snyder announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The longtime Wildcats head coach said that he has been receiving treatment and that he is progressing well in his fight against the disease. The Kansas City Star reported last Friday that Snyder had been undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

In a press release, Kansas State stated that the setback will not effect his coaching duties. He has and will continue to juggle treatment while preparing for the 2017 college football season. Snyder’s doctors believe his prognosis is excellent.

“I feel bad having to release this information about my health in this manner prior to sharing it in person with so many personal friends, distant family, players and their families, past and present, and many of the Kansas State football family so close to our program,” Snyder said. “But, with so much talk presently out there, I certainly owe it to everyone to make them aware of my condition.

“I have been diagnosed with throat cancer and have been receiving outpatient treatment at the KU Medical Center for about three weeks and am getting along very well. The doctors and staffs at both KU Med and M.D. Anderson (in Houston, Texas) have been great; working so very well together to finalize the overall treatment plan which is being conducted in Kansas City. Both ‘teams’ have projected a positive outcome and have worked out a schedule that allows me to be in Kansas City for my regular treatments and still be back in the office on a regular basis through the first week of March. Sean, along with our coaching and support staffs, remain highly productive in carrying out their responsibilities keeping us on track.”

The 77-year-old was Kansas State’s head coach from 1989-2005 and again since 2009. He has won 202 games with the Wildcats.

Snyder expects to be on the field for the start of spring practice, which begins on March 29. The Purple/White Spring Game is set for April 22.

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