Look, by almost every account, K State Head Coach Bill Snyder is a wonderful man, who has done some wonderful things. And he’s 74. But he’s just now been seized by a second paroxysm of sanctimony.
The first one happened last April. when Snyder observed that “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 was really supposed to be all about. The last I heard, these were educational institutions, and that’s what it needs to be about. … It’s not driven by values. … It’s driven by dollars and cents, and that’s unfortunate.”
This, from a not “unfortunate” man who, only months earlier in 2013, had signed a new contract to coach amateur ‘student-athletes’ at a not-for-profit public school for 14.75 million dollars. Yes, that’s almost fifteen million.
When I read this last spring it called to mind a scene where the home burglar is interrupted mid-burglary by the unexpected return of the homeowner, and then blurts out, “You know, the cops are so incompetent around here, I just had to break in — but SOMEONE’S got to put a stop to all this crime, for once and for all!”
Now, at today’s opening of K-State’s fall camp, he’s apparently in the midst of his second paroxysm of sanctimony, announcing that universities have “sold out” and that “It’s changed. I mean, college athletics, football in particular, has changed dramatically over the years,” Snyder said. “I think we’ve sold out. 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.”
It’s almost too much to bear. The fifteen-million dollar man talking about “selling-out.” Here he is, a man at the end of his career, richer than a caliph, and he doesn’t even have the courage to commit to any proposed radical change of a pathological system. When, to use coaching jargon, are you going to “buy-into” real change, Mr. Snyder? When will you do anything more than vaguely identify the problem?
Snyder’s taken the easy way out, preserving only his appearance of probity.
Sanctimonious – Moi?