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North Texas head coach Seth Littrell celebrates a 41-17 win over Rice with UNT students after the game on Oct. 27 at Apogee Stadium.

Bill Snyder's time as the head coach at Kansas State could soon be coming to an end, opening the door for the school to pursue North Texas coach Seth Littrell as his replacement, according to a report published tonight.

Tim Fitzgerald of 247Sports' GoPowercat.com is reporting that Snyder is likely to step down by the end of the week. The site is also reporting that the school will likely pursue Littrell to replace him.

The departure of Snyder, a legendary figure in college football, has been the source of speculation over the last several days. 

Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor was expected to meet with Snyder this week, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Littrell's name has come up in connection with several schools looking for a new football coach over the last several days, including Texas Tech. The school is in the process of hiring Utah State coach Matt Wells, according to multiple reports. 

Littrell was among several coaches Tech vetted before hiring Wells.

The expectation among those who spoke to the Denton Record-Chronicle over the last several days is that Littrell is among a select group of coaches who will be considered by schools that are in the market for a new coach. The group also includes Troy coach Neal Brown, Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield and Boise State coach Bryan Harsin.

Wells was also among the group before taking the Texas Tech job.

Littrell's name has come up in connection with the Kansas State job over the last few weeks. 

Littrell has quickly positioned himself as a top candidate for Power Five programs looking for a new coach by turning around a UNT program coming off a 1-11 season when he arrived in 2016.

UNT has played in a bowl game in each of Littrell's first two seasons with the Mean Green and is headed to another postseason game. UNT is 9-3 and knocked off Arkansas earlier this season.

Littrell is 23-16 in three seasons at UNT.

UNT will find out its bowl destination in the next few days. 

The Mean Green are looking for their first bowl win under Littrell, who has found a comfort zone in the Denton area. 

He is from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and is a former Oklahoma fullback.

Littrell's family lives in the region. He has a vacation home in Oklahoma. The feeling among those close to Littrell is that is will take a special opportunity to pull him away from UNT and that even if he did take another job it would likely be in the region.

Kansas State has the type of history that could be attractive to Littrell, who began his career as a graduate assistant at Kansas. 

Littrell coached at four schools since 2008. He is wrapping up his third season at UNT and will have another solid team coming back next season. Record-setting quarterback Mason Fine will be a senior in 2019 and has vowed to return instead of exploring his opportunities as a graduate transfer.

Several of Fine's top wide receivers will also return along with starting running back DeAndre Torrey.

UNT also has the top ranked recruiting class in Conference USA set to sign, according to 247Sports' rankings.

The upward trajectory of the program, the security Littrell has at UNT and his contract could help the school retain its coach. 

Littrell signed a new contract after last season that extended his deal through the 2022 season and has a $2.1 million buyout that decreases annually. 

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.