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Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star takes you inside Kansas State sports.


K-State football recruit creates stir with tweet about Sean Snyder

By Kellis Robinett

September 09, 2016 02:19 PM

Anthony Payne, a high school football player, created quite a stir on social media Friday when he sent out a tweet describing Kansas State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder as the Wildcats’ “future head coach.”

Payne is a K-State commit from Peculiar, Mo. He is a three-star defensive end, according to Rivals. His team, Raymore-Peculiar, will play Rockhurst on Friday evening. According to Payne’s tweets, Snyder will be in attendance for the game. But that’s not what caught the attention of K-State fans. Instead, it was the way he described Snyder.

I can't wait to play in front of future #KState Head Coach @coachseansnyder tonight against rockhurst‼️ #Family

— Anthony Payne™♣️ (@AnthonyPaynee) September 9, 2016

Did Payne slip a a typo into his tweet? Was he expressing respect for K-State’s special teams coach? Does he have inside information about the future of K-State football?

Many questions were asked in replies to his tweet.

After about an hour, Payne tried to explain.

Coach Snyder is an amazing coach and even better man. All I'm saying is if it happened I'd play my heart out for that man just as well #EMAW

— Anthony Payne™♣️ (@AnthonyPaynee) September 9, 2016

K-State head coach Bill Snyder, 76, will eventually retire. Who will replace him? That’s one of the hottest topics in Manhattan. Bill Snyder has publicly said he would choose his son, Sean, as his successor.

Fans tend to kick around other names.

It seems Payne is willing to play for Bill Snyder and his son.

K-State's Bill Snyder says the Wildcats are especially young, maybe the youngest roster he has led into a season-opener as he prepares for the Wildcats' first game at Stanford Friday evening.


Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett