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Editorial: Snyder insight

Kansas State University coach Bill Snyder is raising important questions about the funding of college athletics.

April 24, 2013

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Good for Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder — a good football coach and a highly paid football coach — who has spoken out about runaway salaries for university football and basketball coaches.

Snyder, with the full assistance of then-KSU President Jon Wefald, resurrected the dreadful KSU Wildcat football team into a bowl championship squad that has paid dividends for the university and the state.

Snyder said, “College athletics — particularly football — have changed dramatically throughout my career. I think it’s in a bad place for a variety of different reasons.”

The gentlemanly Snyder added, “We’ve allowed it to become money-driven. We’ve allowed it to become TV-driven. We’ve allowed athletic programs or football programs to mean more money to a university than what the university was really supposed to be all about. The last I heard, these were educational institutions, and that’s what it needs to be about. It’s not driven by dollars and centers, and that’s unfortunate.”

It’s refreshing to hear one of the nation’s most respected university coaches speak out about the ongoing arms and salary races among Division I universities.

College chancellors, presidents and athletic directors are quick to acknowledge that there is a problem, but that’s about as far as these fearless leaders will go in calling for a halt. They claim their hands are tied, that it’s the NCAA that must take corrective action or that it is the fault of TV giants, such as ESPN, that are pouring billions of dollars into the collegiate athletics scene.

The fact is, if athletic directors, chancellors and coaches had the necessary backbone, they could blow the whistle on the uncontrolled spending and restore the public’s focus on the academic mission of the institutions.

Again, good for Bill Snyder. Will other coaches or any athletic directors, chancellors or presidents speak up and call for meaningful changes?

Don’t hold your breath.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 1 year, 4 months ago

If 'ole Bill give up his many millions then the public may listen. Don't cry wolf when you are being the wolf.

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olddognewtrix 1 year, 4 months ago

Kiethmiles05 needs to be reminded that Coach Snyders compensation pales in comparison to other Big 12 coaches such as Mack Brown of Texas, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and others caoching big name teams such as USC, UCLA, Notre Dame etc.,Olddognewtrix

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greatgatsby 1 year, 4 months ago

You're seriously going to bash Bill Snyder on this issue. Yes, in comparison to me and I suspect you, he makes a ton of money but lets break this down a little further shall we? Bill is the 42nd highest paid D1 college football coach in the country yet for the past 2 years he's had a top 10 team. Compare that to Weis who's the 31st highest paid coach and hasn't done diddly. Even if you still have a problem with what he says and the salary he gets consider this, since he's been a coach, a recruiter, a face of K-State, enrollment has increased by 50 percent, K-State is 10th in the country and 1st in the Big 12 in graduating African-American Student Athletes, he's had many first team academic All Americans, All Big 12, CFA National Scholar Athletes, ect. He's done a lot for academics, not only for football players but also for K-State and Manhattan.

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Patricia Davis 1 year, 4 months ago

I say—and have said for over 40 years—make the pro teams pay for the farm teams, which is what college sports has become. Start small and have sports become it's own entity that is not tax exempt. It's entertainment, not education.

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