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Bill Snyder: Money-driven college football is 'in a bad place'

Updated: 2013-04-17T18:46:07Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kansas State's Bill Snyder said his sport's priorities are out of whack.

In comments made to The Star and Metro Sports before the KC Catbackers Club meeting Tuesday in Overland Park, and to KCSP (610 AM) in an interview aired Wednesday morning, Snyder said college football "was 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."

In the radio interview, Snyder was asked if the game's state would have an impact on his future, if "he wants to be in it much longer."

Snyder's response: "You're not too far away. You're absolutely right."

He also said he was "grossly overpaid for what I do. That's part of what creates the issue." Snyder signed a new five-year contract worth $14.75 million in January.

But Snyder said the problems aren't unsolvable.

"It's like anything else, it can correct itself," Snyder said.

Snyder, whose Wildcats are coming off a Big 12 championship season, is expected to be back in Kansas City on Friday to accept the Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year Award at the Kansas City Sports Commission Banquet.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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