FTS – College Football News & Updates

How about the big news of the day! Bill Snyder, the coach of the Kansas State Wildcats, agreed to a contract extension which will pay him approximately 3.34 million this year with $300,000 dollar raises each of the next two years and with the following two years to be negotiated. It’s a good solid contract for a man who literally is The Godfather of the program. This man is entering his 27th season at the school, is already in the College Football Hall of Fame, has the home field named after him and has 210 victories entering this season, the third most among active coaches. He retired after the 2005 season hoping the program was stable and Kansas State could sustain itself as a consistent competitive team. But after Ron Prince finished 17-20 in three seasons, Snyder was brought back and in 2012 finished 11-2, and was one game from playing for the national championship. So why is this news? Two reasons. Snyder is 78 years old. Yes, 78 years old! Second, coaching at Kansas State is like always fighting an uphill battle. The state does not produce enough in-state talent. The team relies on junior college transfers and developing players while almost never getting the studs or five star recruits every year. Before Snyder came on in 1989, they had one of the worst all-time records in the Power Five conferences. It was the graveyard of college football recruiting. But Snyder turned the culture around and for a period of ten years from 1995-2005, averaged double digit wins per season. The guy is a flat-out legend that outside college football few have heard of. We salute him for his success on the football field, his contribution to college football and his unwavering approach to run a respected program. Oh, and by the way, he just beat a diagnosis of throat cancer last year. A man who never received his worthy recognition.

While we acknowledge a man, who seems to always do and say the right thing in a position of leadership and authority, we need to acknowledge when a college coach in any sport deviates from his responsibility to set the right example. Today in New York City,
Wake Forest assistant coach Jamil Jones was charged with assault regarding an incident in Queens two days ago which involved an individual named Sandor Szabo. Apparently, Szabo, who was form Boca Raton, Florida and visiting for his step-sister’s wedding, was intoxicated and started banging on cars outside a hotel where Jones had parked his car. An altercation ensued after Szabo banged on Jones’ vehicle and Jones punched Szabo causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the pavement. Today, Szabo was pronounced dead. Now Jones, who was entering his second year on coach Danny Manning’s staff, could face severe upgraded charges. Currently, taking matters into your own hands physically, never is a good thing. Certainly, Jones is an innocent man until proven guilty, but it is very likely the charges will be upgraded to manslaughter based on the information. You never know what physical violence can cause until you use it. Our hearts go out to both families who I am sure wish this incident never occurred. A coach must walk away and call the police if indeed, this account is true.

Well, the talk shows came out today and while there was some praise for the NCAA rule changes, few were on board with all the proposed changes and saw real problems in implementing them. That’s obvious. The other revelation is the NBA and USA Basketball, which would have a role in some of these changes, allegedly were blindsided by the announcement. Well, you knew from yesterday when you read this column, the proposed changes will be more problematic than they’re worth. I think the NCAA needs to stop attempting to create their own ideas and changes unilaterally and start appointing people connected to this inherent problem in basketball and football to come to an agreement for what is best for the game. Instead, they think they have the answers when they haven’t even fully diagnosed the problem. Hopefully, they will get it right. We shall see.

It’s all a little late but how about one hundred people showing up for that rally to support coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State? A hundred people? That’s not a rally, that’s a congregation. Information continues to come forward about the lack of the Ohio State committee, also known as the “Blue Ribbon Committee” interviewing Zach Smith or his ex-wife Courtney. While both individual’s statements are relevant, I repeat this is not a court of law and they do not have to cooperate, are not sworn to tell the truth or face the penalties of perjury. More and more, I am convinced this is going to look like the fix is in. I hope not. Bottom line is Meyer already admitted he lied. What’s next for a guy in a position that always requires honesty, credibility and integrity? There can only be one conclusion no matter what the Smith’s say, respectively. The egregious breach requires termination for cause. Anything less would be complicit.

You know what was so different of Alabama quarterback Jaylen Hurts? He’s the one player in all of Nick Saban’s tenure at Bama, who spoke his mind on camera. It is rare when a college football player says anything on camera which might be controversial or cause a stir among his team. Why? Because coaches run the program. The factories they run produce players each year in the form of recruits and most are gone within five years. Here’s a player in a competition to see who the Tides’ quarterback this season and he will be had no problem speaking his mind, directly criticizing the way he has been treated or better yet, mistreated. Normally, I would not condone such statements but here they were refreshing.


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