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.