Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams waits to give an interview at the Big 12 media days in Frisco on July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Golden: Connor Williams will be back for another season, Longhorns fans

Posted October 3rd, 2017

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes:

On Connor Williams’ decision not to have surgery on his knee:

He’s coming back for another season, Longhorns fans.

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All-America left tackle Connor Williams has decided against surgery on his knee. He’s going with a non-surgical alternative and that sends the message that he could not only return by the end of the season but could also be in play to return for his senior year instead to leaving early for the NFL.

The treatment plan will be re-evaluated in two or three weeks, Herman said. It provides hope that the Horns will be able to go back to their most consistent lineman over the last three seasons.

As for Saturday’s game against Kansas State, it’s obvious Herman isn’t enthusiastic with what the line gave him at Iowa State, especially in the running game where Texas could only muster 2.7 yards per carry against a defense that dared Texas run by dropping seven or eight defenders into zone coverage.

If you’re Herman, the best-case scenario is this makeshift offensive holds down the fort well enough for Texas to go 3-1 over the next four weeks against K-State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor with the hope that No. 55 will be back in a month.

Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder speaks to reporters during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

On Kansas State coach Bill Snyder:

Bill Snyder could buy a run-down restaurant and achieve a five-star rating by serving goulash every day.

In the annals of college football, no coach who has won more with less. Kansas State was football oblivion; that is, until Snyder took over in 1989. In the previous 93 years, K-State had not played in a single bowl game and averaged only 3.2 wins per season. Snyder was taking over a team that was 0-26-1 in its last 27 games.

Here we are 28 years later and Snyder, who took three seasons off before coming back in 2008, has amassed a record of 205-106-1 with a pair of Big 12 titles. He’s one of only six coaches to top 200 career wins at only one school.

The venerable Snyder — that’s a nice way of saying he’s old — turns 78 on Saturday, the same day his Wildcats take the field at Texas. When asked if he could coach another 30-plus years, Texas coach Tom Herman let us know he won’t the second coming of Snyder.

“Thirty -six more years? No,” Herman said. “But if all goes according to plan we’re going to be here quite some time. I would say 36 years might be a little bit long, though.”

There aren’t many like Snyder when it comes to longevity. Of current coaches, I would place Alabama’s Nick Saban (66 years old) and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (53) as men I could see coaching into their late 70s and beyond.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys and Johnny Manziel, click here.

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