Bill Snyder already was considered the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history before he decided to return from a three-year retirement to resurrect Kansas State again.

Now, the 79-year-old coach is heading back into retirement.

Snyder decided to step away Sunday after 27 seasons on the sideline. His résumé features a record of 215-117-1, trips to 19 bowl games and two Big 12 championships.

“Coach Snyder has had an immeasurable impact on our football program, Kansas State University, the Manhattan community and the entire state of Kansas,” Wildcats athletic director Gene Taylor said.


• Akron fired former Auburn coach Terry Bowden, a day after the Zips completed a disappointing 4-8 season with a 28-3 loss at South Carolina. The Zips lost their last five games.

• Central Michigan is hiring Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain, 56, to run its football program. He’ll replace the recently fired John Bonamego, who was let go after finishing his fourth season at 1-11.

• The SEC championship thriller between Alabama and Georgia on CBS, won 35-28 by the Crimson Tide, drew the highest television rating for a regular-season college football game in seven years. The 10.52 rating was the best for any non-bowl game since LSU and Alabama played a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in November 2011.