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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

havecents 11 months, 3 weeks ago

KU has had 3 football coaches in 5 years and had to buy two of them out. KU's right to do that, but when you look at what Self is making and the fact that KU has paid out multi millions in a coaching carousel, that is the type of thing that makes one wonder where priorities are. In other words, you are criticizing Snyder for FINALLY getting a salary that puts him remotely close to top coaches in this conferenc that he could have demanded a long time ago? Instead, he chose loyalty and love for his University and didn't pursue higher paying positions or try negotian ploys. That's commendable. I've been told he didn't want this contract either, but officials want to show possible future candidates that KSU can pay for a head coach. Somebody needs to say it. Many D1 coaches are too caught up recruiting 8th graders, salary negotiating, infedelity, or TV opportunities to stand of for what's right. I said MANY, not all.

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irtnog2001 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Your absolutely right. The tail is wagging the dog. No wonder employers can't locate employable college graduates.

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BABBOY 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Wow. KU fans just do not get it.

Let me spell it in way that makes it clear.

Turner Gill and Charlie Weis earned more than the Coach Snyder the last three years in each of the games they coached against Bill.

In the last three years the Snyder scored over 50 points in each of the games referenced above proving indeed it has nothing to do with the money..

But, I should not judge Ku fans by Keith Miles. That guy is always wrong.

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Patricia Davis 11 months, 4 weeks 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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irtnog2001 11 months, 4 weeks ago

If he would take the cut in pay they should make him Chancellor at KU--- he could improve the football program while he's at it.

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olddognewtrix 11 months, 4 weeks 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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KEITHMILES05 11 months, 4 weeks 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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