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BIll Snyder: NCAA football protocol changes need to be better thought out

Bill Snyder’s Kansas State team is in our way-too-early top 25. (Getty)

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn’t going to be tabbed as a spokesperson to tout the NCAA’s recent college football rule changes.

Coaches and conference commissioners recently approved the addition of an early signing period for high school recruits along with host of other changes to the bylaws that govern college football. Snyder wishes some of those changes would have gotten some more pondering.

“People really ought to give some thought to the things they do before they do them,” Snyder said at a booster event this week via KansasCity.com. “So much of what has been done by the NCAA recently has not been well thought out, and you will see some changes. They will come around very quickly, because these won’t work.”

In addition to the signing period, the NCAA approved the addition of a 10th assistant coach, prohibited two-a-days in fall camp and limited the number of camp days coaches can participate in over the summer. Snyder, 77, is likely OK with having another assistant coach in 2018, but he’s not a fan of the timing of the early signing period or the changes made to fall camp structures.

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The early signing period is set for Dec. 20-22. That will be in the midst of bowl preparations for many teams who made the postseason. And some teams that didn’t make bowl games may not even have coaching staffs at that time. December is a prime time for schools to make coaching changes.

The period is designed to help give recruits a chance to make their decision — assuming it’s solid — official weeks before National Signing Day in February. But according to Snyder, the signing period will force assistant coaches to juggle more and more during the season as the recruiting process gets more intense.

“It puts you in a position where, during the course of a season, you have to spend more time away from your own players and that is not fair to them,” Snyder said. “I have always been a strong believer that your program is about the people that you have and you need to do due diligence to them. This kind of takes away from that.”

The longtime Kansas State coach said earlier this spring that he was done with cancer treatments. He was diagnosed with throat cancer as Kansas State prepped to beat Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.

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