Posted April 17, 2013

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder: College athletics ‘in a bad place right now’

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Bill Snyder points in the direction of better times. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bill Snyder points in the direction of better times. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder doesn’t like what he’s seeing in college athletics, which he says is “in a bad place right now.” In an interview with Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio KCSP, Snyder said his departure from coaching football may “not [be] too far away” because of how money-driven the culture has become.

Snyder, the architect behind Kansas State’s success, signed a new five-year contract worth $14.75 million in January. He believes it’s another sign of the current problem in college sports. “I can only speak personally,” Snyder said. “I’m grossly overpaid for what I do. That’s part of what creates the issue.”

The 73-year-old coach began his full-time coaching career in 1964 as an assistant at Indio High in California. It was a time, he said, when coaching was about coaching. “We didn’t grow up with it being the way it is right now,” Snyder said. “Maybe we’re just hard-pressed to accept change. We’ve been moving in a wrong direction and I hope somebody can help put the brakes put on at some point in time.”

In 22 total years with the Wildcats, Snyder has won 170 games. He’s a major reason why the school’s athletic department is lauded as one of the most successful in the country.

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