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Snyder: College sports 'in a bad place right now'

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08:28 AM ET 04.19 | Bill Snyder has been around the game a long time, which isn't to say he's comfortable with its current state. [Snyder] said college athletics is "in a bad place right now" to the point that his departure from the game might "not [be] too far away." The remarks were made on a Kansas City-based sports radio station on Wednesday morning. "College athletics, particularly football, has changed dramatically throughout my career," Snyder said on 610 Sports Radio KCSP. ... "It's in a bad place for a variety of reasons. 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 to a university than what the university is really supposed to be all about."

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April 19, 2013  08:48 AM ET

At this point in your life, Bill, you're free to say whatever is on your mind.

April 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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At this point in your life, Bill, you're free to say whatever is on your mind.

True. An many think the elder statesmen are senile and stuffy. They just might not be.

"Take wisely the counsel of the years." Some do. Some don't.

April 19, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Snyder has seen it happen; listen to him!
The money has undermined the academic mission of many universities.

April 19, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Snyder has seen it happen; listen to him!The money has undermined the academic mission of many universities.

Yes it has. A sports-centric culture has undermined it too.

Fans who view the football team as completely separate from the university, who think the players should get paid, etc .. they just don't get it.

April 19, 2013  10:02 AM ET

We've allowed athletic programs or football programs to mean more to a university than what the university is really supposed to be all about."

which is why the Ivy League came about...Yale, Harvard, Brown and others decided to focus more on academics while keeping sports in perspective.

Not that we will ever get back to that...football is just too big, especially in certain areas of the country such as Southeast, Texas, California, Penn, etc....

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April 19, 2013  10:41 AM ET

He just signed a 14 million contract and yet laments that there's too much money in college sports. Put your money where your mouth is and only keep 500K per year and donate the rest back to the college.

April 19, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Methinks a certain Mike has reinvented himself for more FN folderol.

April 19, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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He just signed a 14 million contract and yet laments that there's too much money in college sports. Put your money where your mouth is and only keep 500K per year and donate the rest back to the college.

Maybe fund a library or other academic need...

April 19, 2013  11:15 AM ET
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Maybe fund a library or other academic need...

It just seems a little hypocritical to sign a multi-million dollar contract then lament about there being too much money in college sports. He's a big part of the problem and yet acts like he is above the dirty side of the money side.

April 19, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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He just signed a 14 million contract and yet laments that there's too much money in college sports. Put your money where your mouth is and only keep 500K per year and donate the rest back to the college.

This is a repeat of a previous thread. This story ommitted Snyder's new contract. If he wants to get CFB back to a "good" place (not sure how you measure that), he can begin by being an example to his fellow coaches: only agree to a salary that is less than the school's president. Heck, for that matter, less than the athletic director.

April 19, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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Then get out of college ball you senile old fool.

NOT taking wisely the counsel of the years.

I give you proof.

April 19, 2013  12:12 PM ET
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This is a repeat of a previous thread. This story ommitted Snyder's new contract. If he wants to get CFB back to a "good" place (not sure how you measure that), he can begin by being an example to his fellow coaches: only agree to a salary that is less than the school's president. Heck, for that matter, less than the athletic director.

Should all of them do it or just Snyder?

April 19, 2013  12:13 PM ET
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It just seems a little hypocritical to sign a multi-million dollar contract then lament about there being too much money in college sports. He's a big part of the problem and yet acts like he is above the dirty side of the money side.

But is it worse than taking a salary of millions per year and then acting like everything is alright with the system?

I'm guessing being a bit hypocritical is not nearly as bad as being an outright liar.

April 19, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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Should all of them do it or just Snyder?

I think he should lead by example. Others may or may not follow, but if this is truly troubling Snyder, he should do something besides talk. If the problem is chasing dollars (whether by a conference, a school or a coach) than don't chase the dollars.

April 19, 2013  12:24 PM ET

What ever Bill you're a friggin saint. You didn't have to take the money. You could of said I'll do it for 100K a year. You're just as greedy as the rest of them. I bet if you were 20 years younger and ND offered you twice what you make now you would jump on it in a heart beat.

April 19, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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I think he should lead by example. Others may or may not follow, but if this is truly troubling Snyder, he should do something besides talk. If the problem is chasing dollars (whether by a conference, a school or a coach) than don't chase the dollars.

I've only heard of a few situations similar to this...but none of them were taken below the level of the pres or AD.

I believe Pat Hill at Fresno voluntarily took a reduction when the state of Cali was reducing payments to higher ed. They fired him a year or two later. Wins>generosity. (Most coordinators and many assistants at the big name schools make more than the head coaches at schools like Fresno.)

I also think I read that Dabo told Clemson he would like to shift some of his salary to assistant positions to attract better assistants. May have few others do something similar to this.

April 19, 2013  01:48 PM ET
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It just seems a little hypocritical to sign a multi-million dollar contract then lament about there being too much money in college sports. He's a big part of the problem and yet acts like he is above the dirty side of the money side.

No, he is not part of the problem. He has earned his money and he has earned the right to speak.

 
April 19, 2013  01:49 PM ET
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What ever Bill you're a friggin saint. You didn't have to take the money. You could of said I'll do it for 100K a year. You're just as greedy as the rest of them. I bet if you were 20 years younger and ND offered you twice what you make now you would jump on it in a heart beat.

Idiot

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