It’s a pivotal season at K-State
plays into big plays. Anyway, there’s enough here to do more than just qualify for a bowl game. A 6-6 season should be a letdown. There is no more getting used to Snyder’s ways. No more adjusting. Every player on the roster was either recruited by Snyder or been through a year with the man, so everybody knows what to expect. Last year was the time for mistakes, for learning. This year is the time for winning, and here is where this whole resuscitation project gets interesting. Win this year, and there is every reason to believe Snyder can have K-State in bowl games every year and conference title contention every few years. This is the plan, the hope, and the indications are good. Much of Snyder’s success before built upon getting the best recruits in Kansas. Harper, Smith and the Brown brothers are all transfers but represent tangible steps toward regaining that old form. Snyder came back, in his words, “to calm the waters” and get the program he fell in love with back to where it was before his last few seasons and the forgettable years under Prince. But what if it falls back? What if there’s no progress? What if K-State goes only 6-6 and then watches Thomas go into the NFL? Then maybe K-State is looking at a stagnant program coached by a septuagenarian and people start talking about a failed experiment. If they’re honest, K-State fans will tell you this is their worst fear. Maybe the pain is dulled a little bit as long as Frank Martin has the basketball program among the nation’s best, but there would be a sad sort of hurt if the most beloved man in school sports history can’t fix the football team. Those jokes about K-State being a basketball school will take on a harsh sting of reality if Snyder fails the second time around. And, actually, if that happens, would Snyder still be the most beloved man in K-State sports? Maybe. But maybe not. So, yeah. There’s a lot riding on this season for Snyder and K-State.