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.