Bill Snyder returned to the sidelines as the head coach of the K-State football team on Saturday, September 5, 2009 after a three year retirement. 355 former players, some as far away as California and Georgia, flew back for the event. 50,000 fans packed Bill Snyder Family Stadium to welcome him home. “Does this say what we think of coach?” said Gary Glatz, of Chicago, and a former K-State football player from 1972. It was the largest crowd to ever watch an opening day game in Manhattan, Kansas. K-State defeated Massachusetts 21-17.