Chris Peterson? I think Boise was doing alright before him.
Simply sustaining Hawkins' success at that glorified community college would be one thing, but Peterson's made them even better. Two undefeated squads and taking down powerhouse teams along the way (as opposed to bowl victories over scrubs like ISU )
I don't like the idea of judging a coach based on the counter-factual; we simply have no idea that Snyder would do better at a place like Alabama or some other school with more resources. College football is littered with coaches who had amazing success at so-called "lesser" schools and then flopped when given the resources afforded to them at big name programs. Rich Rod, Dan Hawkins, Dennis Franchione, etc. come to mind. Maybe Snyder would have joined them, but maybe he wouldn't; nobody knows.
And if we're going to "handicap" coaches based on their program's history, then what about guys like Barry Alvarez, Hayden Fry, Chris Petersen, etc.?
Snyder is an amazing coach, no doubt, and I have nothing but respect for the man. But if someone's going to claim that he's the best coach ever based on "what could have been", I think there are a lot of coaches with 200+ wins, multiple conference titles, and a few national championships that would take issue with it.
I'm not basing my opinion on Snyder on "what could have been". I'm basing it on what he did, and just commented on the possibilities at the end of it.
What he actually did is nothing short of astonishing, and yes I would say that Fry and Alvarez were great coaches as well. Its no coincidence that these guys all worked together.
I will say that Snyder had a tougher job at KSU though. Madison and Iowa City are much nicer than Manhattan, which is a fun town no doubt, but feels like a scrubby outpost in the middle of nothing. Not to mention both Iowa and Wisconsin had some historical successes w/in recentish memory and had just been in a bit of a down period.
In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection.
Snyder has a grandson that that is a redshirt freshman linebacker and special teams wedge buster. Barring health problems, Bill will probably coach until the grandson graduates. And then he may turn the team over to son Sean who is now associate head coach and special teams coach.
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