KSU getting good value from Bill Snyder

October, 29, 2012
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When Bill Snyder returned to Kansas State, he didn't have much leverage. Sure, the Wildcats were interested to see if Snyder, who turned around an awful program that appeared in only one bowl game in 93 years prior to his arrival in Manhattan, could get them back to glory. But it was well known that Snyder didn't mind coming back and he'd still be making millions to coach in the stadium that bears his name.

So now that Snyder has undefeated Kansas State lined up to play in the BCS National Championship Game, his salary looks out of whack. Snyder is making $2.2 million this season, the lowest in total compensation among the coaches who have their teams in the AP top 10. And, get this, that's even including the $250,000 Snyder received before the season. For comparison's sake, the average coach in the top 10 makes $3.16 million.

If you extend it out to the Top 25, there are nine coaches who have their teams in that group that make less that Bill Snyder: Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes ($700,000), Oregon State's Mike Riley ($1.3 million), Stanford's David Shaw (Estimated: $1.75 million), UCLA's Jim Mora ($1.83 million), Boise State's Chris Peterson ($1.89 million), Clemson's Dabo Swinney ($1.96 million), Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin ($2 million) and Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville ($2.1 million).

The craziest comparison to Snyder's salary might be to that of in-state rival Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who is making $2.5 million. Kansas State beat Kansas by 40 points when they played each other this year, and Weis has Kansas at 1-7 with its only victory against South Dakota State in the first game of the season.

What's even more remarkable is Snyder's age. He's 73, six years older than the next oldest coach in the Top 25, Steve Spurrier, and 36 years older than USC's Lane Kiffin. The average age of the coach of a team in the Top 25: 48 years old.

Darren Rovell | email

ESPN.com Sports Business reporter

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