Monday’s football roundup: Snyder, 76, will return to K-State
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder made it clear throughout the 2015 season he had no intention to retire. He followed through with those words Monday by issuing a formal statement announcing his return.
“Following our bowl game against Arkansas, I had a chance to visit with my family, and they collectively wanted me to do what I wanted to do and none were against my decision to return,” Snyder said. “As long as I am having a positive impact on the young people in our program, my health is in order and as long as I am wanted by the University and the wonderful Kansas State fan base.”
Snyder, 76, meets with his family at the end of each season to seek their input on his coaching future. Before the Liberty Bowl, he said he expected to return for the 2016 season, but wanted to consult with loved ones before officially committing to another year on the job.
Snyder began coaching at Kansas State in 1989 and briefly retired for three years in 2005, returning to the sideline in 2009. During that time, he has compiled a record of 193-101-1, guiding the Wildcats to 17 bowl games, 16 winning seasons and a pair of Big 12 championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last month, becoming the fourth active coach to enter the exclusive club.
This season, Kansas State rallied from a 3-6 start to finish the regular season 6-6 before losing to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl.
“We are all grateful for the incredible leadership of Coach Snyder,” Kansas State athletic director John Currie said. “And I was delighted when he affirmed to me that he plans to continue.”
Snyder will enter his 25th season at Kansas State in 2016 when the Wildcats open the year at Stanford. Next season, he will be the second-winningest active coach in major college football. No active coach has won more games at a single institution.
Michigan State’s Ken Mannie was named the strength and conditioning coach of the year by footballscoop.com.
Mannie has been on the Spartans staff for 21 years.
Alabama coach Nick Saban, who hired Mannie at Michigan State, said Mannie “might be the best at what he does in the country.”
... Clancy Pendergast is returning to Southern California as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator.
Pendergast returns to the job he held in 2013 under coaches Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Helton. Pendergast was the 49ers’ linebackers coach last season.
Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly has decided to return to school for his senior season.
Kelly — who is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly — was considering jumping to the NFL after leading the Rebels to a 10-3 record this season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. He threw for 4,042 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Kelly released a statement through his family’s public relations firm that said he will stay in Oxford one more season. Kelly said in the statement, “I realize that there’s still a lot of learning and growing that I can do with this team.”
Kelly transferred to Ole Miss after one season in junior college.
... Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith announced he will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft despite sustaining a serious injury to his left knee in the Fiesta Bowl.
Smith made the announcement by a videotaped message released on Twitter, saying “It’s really just perseverance from here with the adversity I’m going through right now dealing with the knee injury.”
Smith has not disclosed the extent of his knee injury.
... Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine plans to skip his senior season at Nebraska and enter the NFL draft.
Valentine graduated in December with a journalism degree. He was limited to 10 games because of injuries this season. The native of Edwardsville, Illinois, made 10 tackles, including three sacks. He started 24 of his 36 games at Nebraska, making 76 tackles with seven sacks.
... Wide receiver Geno Lewis will continue his playing career at Oklahoma, the Penn State graduate announced on his Twitter account.