Report: Snyder nixed Kansas State's agreement to make Leavitt next HC

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At one point in time, Kansas State had apparently tabbed Jim Leavitt to become the program's next head coach following current bench boss Bill Snyder's retirement - until Snyder himself had something to say about it.

The 78-year-old reportedly fought Kansas State officials last December regarding a verbal agreement they had with Leavitt, and insisted his son - current Wildcats associate head coach Sean Snyder - take over when he retires, according to , citing sources.

According to a clause in Bill Snyder's contract, he'll become a "special assistant to the athletic director" upon retiring, and "shall also have appropriate input ... regarding the selection of the next head football coach," according to McMurphy, meaning the elder statesman has pull when it comes to his successor.

Snyder's disapproval of Leavitt reportedly led to him accepting the position of defensive coordinator at Oregon this past offseason. However, his contract apparently includes a clause stating he doesn't have to pay the Ducks a buyout if he chooses to accept the head coaching position at Kansas State.

The 60-year-old Leavitt previously served as co-defensive coordinator with the Wildcats from 1992-95, before becoming the head coach at South Florida from 1997-2009.

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