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K-State coach Bill Snyder’s success rooted in lessons learned from his mother

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder credits his mother, Marionetta, for his ’16 goals,’ principles and values. “I would never cross her. She was as tough as anyone could be. She taught me so much about values,” Snyder said.

BY BERRY TRAMEL Published: September 21, 2012

When Bill Snyder turned 16 years old, his father bought him a car. Not just any car. A yellow Mercury Monterey convertible.

Maybe it was out of guilt. Snyder’s parents divorced when he was 6; mother and son moved from Salina, Kan., to St. Joseph, Mo. Tom Snyder, a traveling salesman, ended up in Omaha, Neb., where he saw his son only occasionally and was not a big influence in his life.

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