Kansas State football player Corey Sutton has been a member of the Kansas State program for two years. Bill Snyder has been at Kansas State for 28 years. To hear Snyder talk about Sutton’s request to transfer, those 28 years in Manhatten, Kansas are all we need to hear.
“I’ve been around here for 28 years, the young man was in our program for less than two years,” Snyder said. “I think our fans know what I’m about. They know what our program is about. I think they trust that.”
The Kansas State fans should know what Snyder is about, but the question is this – Are those fans willing to acknowledge what Snyder is about? I’ll get to that in a minute.
By now you know Sutton’s story. He graduated early from high school; Kansas State assistant coach Andre Coleman promised Sutton he’d start as a freshman; Sutton then essentially rode the bench while burning his redshirt.
That’s Sutton’s version of the story. Snyder says that version is hogwash.
Sutton now wants to transfer and presented Snyder with a list of 35 schools, including FCS schools, that he would like to consider transferring to. Snyder refuses to release Sutton which means the athlete will have to pay his own way at whichever school he transfers to. Sutton will not be eligible for a scholarship next year.
Snyder is being petty, vindictive, and hypocritical in his attitude.
Back to my question – Are the Kansas State fans willing to acknowledge what Snyder is about?
Snyder is a man who outed Sutton’s apparent failed drug tests.
— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) June 2, 2017
Outing Sutton’s failed drug tests may not have been illegal, but it was underhanded and unnecessary. This was Snyder’s attempt to present Sutton as a delinquent. But what Snyder did was present himself as not only illogical but also as a hypocrite.
Why would Snyder fight to keep a player on the team who failed multiple drug tests and was only allowed to stay on the team due to a change in Kansas State’s rules? It doesn’t make sense.
Snyder has had other players on his team that have had run-ins with the law and, after requesting their release were granted their request. Kaleb Prewett is an example of this. Prewett was arrested for consumption and purchase of liquor by a minor and was suspended for the Liberty Bowl. He eventually was granted his release and is now a member of Missouri’s football team.
And just last year, Snyder accepted California transfer Carlos Strickland. Snyder is all about the handshake and signed piece of paper. Or so he says. It evidently means something when Kansas State signs a player, but not when say California signs a player.
Again, just to reiterate – Are the Kansas State fans willing to acknowledge what Snyder is about?
Are you old enough to remember Ell Roberson and the 2004 Fiesta Bowl? I am.
Roberson found himself in a bit of trouble with the Phoenix police. Did he break the law? Did he break team rules? In Snyder’s gerrymandering mind, who really knew…or cared. Roberson would play in that game against Ohio State and then, being the principled leader he is, Snyder suspended him for the Spring semester. That’s right. Roberson was suspended after the season concluded.
The foundation of Snyder’s recruiting philosophy is his “16 Goals For Success.” As Snyder says, “If their character is in order you move on to the athletic capability.” Character. It’s about character with Snyder.
How did the recruitment of Marcus Raines reconcile with the emphasis that Snyder claims to place on character?
Snyder recruited Raines out of Pasadena City College. A scholarship was offered and accepted. The problem was that Raines was a convicted felon. Raines had been convicted of second-degree murder. Once the conviction was made public, “somebody” at Kansas State forbid him from playing for the Wildcats. The implication being that the “somebody” being referred to was not Snyder. Character? Raines was a convicted felon!
Yes, coach. You have been at Kansas State for 28 years. But your fanbase is not willing to acknowledge what you are about.
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