This is Year 3 of the "Bill Snyder Is Overrated" Project. Readers have both agreed and disagreed in the past. Here we are, 2011, KSU finds itself 7-0 and the timing couldn't be any more perfect. I believe 'twas ESPN's NCAAF homepage a few days ago where I saw, but did not read, something like "Is Bill Snyder The Greatest Coach EVER?" That article I can only imagine is absolute drivel. Make it your perception vs. the following reality. Stats and numbers do not lie.
Is Bill Snyder the greatest coach EVER? Here are 10 reasons that grossly say NO.
1. Record vs. Top 10 Teams = 18-35-1.
2. Average Pts. allowed in those losses = 37.
3. In only 7 of those 35 losses did the opponent score 21 or less.
4. 6-6 in bowl games.
5. Only 2 victories in top-tier bowl games. 1 Fiesta and 1 Cotton.
6. Never finished a season with an AP ranking higher than 6.
7. 0 National Titles.
8. Only 3 times in his tenure has a ranked opponent appeared on his non-conference schedule; once in 1989 (#25 Arizona State) and once in 1991 (#4 Washington) and you could argue he probably had nothing to do with it.
9. 2011 Roster includes 123 players; 39 of which are either JC, CC, or D1 Transfers. Approx. 1/4.
10. Averaged 8 penalties per game vs. Big Red for career.
The college football landscape has changed. Kansas State was one of about 30 irrelevant teams in the late 1980's that are now legitimate. Parity rules. And I don't want to hear about the midwest being difficult to recruit to. NU is 114 miles away.
Yes, Bill Snyder may be on the All-American Nice Guy team and certainly we must broaden the definition of "coach" for his accolades because they certainly extend beyond the field. But, on the field, I maintain that Bill Snyder is the most overrated product in the history of college football. His results do not equal the acclaim he gets for them. Nice job? Yes. Worth the ongoing praise? Absolutely not.