Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bill Snyder crushes college athletics, says schools have 'sold out'

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At age 74, Bill Synder can definitely be classified as an old school football coach. Snider has amassed 178 victories in 22 seasons as head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats and he has seen the college football landscape change tremendously during that time. Quite frankly, Snider is not a fan of what college athletics has become.

"We're all about dollars and cents. The concept of college football no longer has any bearing on the quality of the person, the quality of students. Universities are selling themselves out."

Snider also said that he believes education has taken a backseat.

"It's no longer about education," Snyder said. "We've sold out to the cameras over there, and TV has made its way, and I don't fault TV. I don't fault whoever broadcasts games. They have to make a living and that's what they do, but athletics -- that's it. It's sold out."

Snider knows first-hand how much money schools are investing in facilities. Kansas State recently underwent a $90 million renovation on its own stadium with another $65 million scheduled to begin after the season. The old ball coach thinks there is something wrong with that.

"Everybody is building Taj Mahals," Snyder said, "and I think it sends the message -- and young people today I think are more susceptible to the downside of that message, and that it's not about education. We're saying it is, but it's really about the glitz and the glitter, and I think sometimes values get distorted that way. I hate to think a young guy would make a decision about where he's going to get an education based on what a building looks like."

Via Eye on College Football

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