It seems most posters here are like me and don't know much at all about KSU or Bill Snyder, other than the fact he's been around a long time and he seems every year to win more games than most expect him to. I came across this great article about Snyder, the influence he has had on the game and his coaching tree. It's really quite impressive. Now, perhaps this article gives him more credit than he is due, but it certainly goes a long way to showing why year after year the old guy puts quality teams out on the playing field.
Something I hadn't realized is that he and Rich Rod both developed very similar spread concepts at about the same time, independent of each other.
There's also a link to an SI article with this interesting tidbit (with added bonus of discussion about Jermy Gallon and his High School coach if you click on the SI link) :
While Meyer and Rodriguez would eventually become confidants, Meyer's most direct inspiration for his ground game came from Kansas State, where coach Bill Snyder had made a direct-snap running back out of quarterback Michael Bishop and contended for the 1998 national title. "I went out to visit Kansas State and saw what they were doing with the quarterback, and I came away from there amazed," says Meyer. "That stuff really impacted me."