The college football landscape is undergoing drastic changes, as discussions about playoff expansion, conference realignment, and NIL rights are affecting how championship-hungry schools operate business and build-up programs.
But one other major topic has been brought to the forefront in recent weeks. The game is in the midst of a historic head coaching carousel, which features massive contracts, hefty buyouts, and emotional fanbases. College football's top names are receiving at least eight figures to jettison and move elsewhere, and this reality troubles former longtime Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder.
"I'm really concerned about collegiate football right now. I'm quite certain it's going in the wrong direction," Snyder told The DA Show on Friday. "And that's just part of it. There's a number of things taking place. I'm uncomfortable with that. College football is a great thing, don't get me wrong. But we've forgotten the true value of any university in this country, and it's about education... The money that's gotten involved in it, it doesn't set the right standard in my eyes.
"Doesn't mean it's right or wrong, it's just the way I view it... I think there'll be some changes made, because I think the powers that be are kind of realizing this is out of hand. They don't know how to stop it either, so they join the crowd, for the most part... There's some decisions that've been made that can't be taken back. But hopefully, some changes in the other direction will come about before too very long. I'm just hoping."
The turbulent coaching carousel began two weeks ago, when USC convinced Lincoln Riley to leave Oklahoma for the Pac-12. His deal remains undisclosed. Days later, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly -- who became the program's winningest coach in back September -- agreed to a 10-year, $95 million deal with LSU. Earlier this week, Mario Cristobal elected to part ways with Oregon, and signed a contract with Miami.
Snyder, 82, was hired by Kansas State in 1989, and is known as the architect of the "greatest turnaround in college football history." In 27 years at the helm, Snyder won 215 of 333 games, and led the Wildcats to nine double-digit win seasons, two Big 12 championships, and 19 bowl appearances. Before joining the school, Kansas State had achieved just five winning seasons since 1936. In 2015, Snyder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The entire football conversation between Snyder and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.
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