Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said on Tuesday that he’s currently feeling the after-effects of his cancer treatments.
The 77-year-old coach spoke publicly for the first time since the team announced he’d been diagnosed with throat cancer in February.
“I’m finished with all the treatments, just kind of going through the after-effects right now and will get tested again a while down the road in a few months,” Snyder said at his spring news conference.
Snyder said he found out about the cancer diagnosis before Kansas State’s Texas Bowl win vs. Texas A&M and said the after-effects were the hardest part of what he’s been dealing with. He admitted that he’s been coaching less because of the treatments and recovery as well. In the February announcement, Snyder said he had been getting treatment at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
He also said he’s attempting to respond to all of the well-wishes he’s received. Snyder, who has won 202 games, is known for his handwritten notes. After trying to keep the handwritten tradition going to all the messages of support, he had to resort to using a form letter to keep up with the deluge.
Kansas State began spring practice on March 29 — with Snyder coaching — and has its spring game on April 22. Snyder will coach the spring game just like normal and, barring any setbacks, will be on the sideline for Kansas State’s 2017 season-opener.
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