Bill Snyder and Kansas State Finally Do the Right Thing
The hypocrisy in college athletics can be mystifying from time to time. As somebody that writes about college athletics quite a bit I get frustrated with some of the rules and hypocrisy I see. One of things I get a exasperated about is the transfer rules within the NCAA.
The latest NCAA transfer controversy that came into question was at Kansas State University where Corey Sutton was asking for his release from his scholarship, but for some reason Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder was refusing to release the young man from his scholarship.
Corey Sutton reportedly had offered Bill Snyder a list of 35 schools to which he had an interest in transferring to. Sutton’s list didn’t include any other Big 12 schools or any schools that the Wildcats would play in the future. The list included FCS and other D2 schools.
When Sutton orginally approached his former coach about the transfer request he was told by Snyder that “he couldn’t make him stay.” (Wichita Eagle) It turns out that Snyder had other thoughts after that.
Snyder let out information about Corey Sutton supposedly failing a couple of drug tests while he was at Kansas State. Now, Snyder didn’t let out if the failed drug tests were for PED’s or recreational drugs. Whether or not Sutton did in fact fail a couple of drug tests is irrelevant at this point. Snyder should have never let out that type of information to the public. Was Coach Snyder trying to discredit the reputation of a young football player to discourage other schools from taking him on? Possibly, in my opinion.
Sutton was a number two type of receiver while at Kansas State, so he did have some talent. Letting go of talented players can be a tough thing for coaches because there job is to win games. If coaches are letting talent leave they are putting their future employment in danger.
Here’s where this whole episode with Coach Snyder got me a little frustrated.
College football coaches have the opportunity to earn millions of dollars each year, the control they have is immense and most of the time they are the highest paid person in their respective state. However, some times that kind of control gets to their heads more than it should.
If you have a player that, for whatever reason, wants to be somewhere else, why should the coach hold them back from following their athletic dream?
Rhetorical question my friends.
NCAA football coaches leave schools every year to pursue their dreams in the coaching world. They leave their recruited players behind and there is little to no recourse for those players. For the most part, with the exception of the Penn State issues in the past, players are stuck.
Corey Sutton may have been wanting to play closer to home, thought his skill set didn’t fit the offensive schemes at KSU, or may have had some conflict with the coaching staff. He wanted out. He didn’t want to be part of the Wildcat program anymore.
In the end, the Wildcat administration and Bill Snyder reversed their decision about releasing Corey Sutton. It shouldn’t have taken this long. It shouldn’t have been this difficult. Snyder brought some undue controversy to his program that I know he didn’t want to.
He brought it on himself this time.
Corey Sutton released a statement saying he was free from his scholarship at Kansas State, so he’s happy. The Kansas State program can move on into the summer with this behind them.
Finally, Bill Snyder can talk about his upcoming season and not have to answer questions about a disgruntled player.
Hopefully, Snyder learned something from all this and I hope that other college coaches learned something as well.