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Bill Snyder stresses importance of college academics in letter to Kansas State faculty

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder stands in front of the newly remodeled west section of Bill Snyder Family Stadium during the team's media day on Monday. (Aug 5, 2013)
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder stands in front of the newly remodeled west section of Bill Snyder Family Stadium during the team's media day on Monday. (Aug 5, 2013) The Wichita Eagle

Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder made one thing clear in his latest letter to campus faculty and staff: college academics are more important than college athletics.

“Contrary to all the media TV exposure and money involved in college football, we truly support the concept that our institution is and should be about educating young men and women,” Snyder wrote in the letter, posted on the school’s website Friday, “and providing them with the foundation for becoming successful in all facets of their lives.”

Snyder has shared similar comments in the past, and it appears he will continue to do so as long he coaches the Wildcats. On Friday, he ended his letter with the words found above.

He also apologized for K-State’s loss to UCLA in last season’s Alamo Bowl.

“I am sorry that we let you down with our performance at the Alamo Bowl,” Snyder wrote, “but I was proud of our young men for never giving in and for playing so hard in the second half for you and all of the KSU family. I say ‘yours’ and that is the purpose of this note. You truly do represent the values of family as it relates to the University, its faculty and the football program.”

Snyder will next coach in front of K-State fans on Sept. 5 when the Wildcats open their season at home against South Dakota.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @KellisRobinett.

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