Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been around the game of college football for decades, so he knows a thing or two about the state of the game. And he’s not happy with the landscape at the moment.
Speaking on KCSP in an interview that aired Wednesday, Snyder said money-driven college football is “in a bad place.”
“We’ve allowed it to be TV-driven, and allowed it to become more important to a university than it should be,” Snyder said. “We’re educational institutions, and what’s really important is trying to enhance the lives of young people and give them guidance and direction to help themselves.”
Snyder added that he believes the issue can “correct itself”, but it’s not like college football is getting less popular or making less money. It’s no secret that my belief is that athletes across all sports should share in the revenue. How to get there is not so simple, obviously, but it’s hard to justify million-dollar coordinators and multi-million dollar head coaches when the quid pro quo for athletes is an education where the full value is rarely obtained.
Even Snyder understands he’s paid too much, though he signed a five-year extension worth just under $15 million in January.
“[I’m] grossly overpaid for what I do. That’s part of what creates the issue.”
Well, at least he can admit it. That’s, like, the first step or something.
(Hat tip: Kansas City Star)
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah