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K-State’s Bill Snyder says schools have ‘sold out’

The Kansas City Star

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder had harsh words on Wednesday about the state of college athletics. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is interviewed during the team's media day on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats are the defending Big 12 champions. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder had harsh words on Wednesday about the state of college athletics. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is interviewed during the team's media day on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats are the defending Big 12 champions. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying) AP

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder had some harsh words for the state of college athletics during a news conference Wednesday at the team’s annual media day.

After answering a wide range of questions about the upcoming season, he voiced his displeasure on the way universities have given in to outside demands such as TV networks.

“I think we’ve sold out,” Snyder said in response to a question. “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.”

Since coming out of retirement, Snyder has often lamented the game’s changing landscape, saying athletics and money have wrongly taken priority over academics.

“Our professors … I have an office I could swim in. They’re in a cubbyhole somewhere,” Snyder said. “Yet, they go out and teach and promote education every day, and I value that.”

His words came a carried extra weight, because they came one day before the NCAA board of directors’ vote on an autonomy proposal for the nation’s five biggest conferences — the Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC. If the vote passes, those conferences will be able to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of other Division I conferences.

That autonomy could further increase the spending that goes on in major- college football.

College football could become even more money driven.

“To me, that’s not what football is about,” Snyder said. “Now, that’s only my opinion. I’m not upset with the people that promote some of that stuff because they’re trying to do their thing. That’s what they do. But I think we’ve lost sight of what college athletics is all about.”

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