Kansas State grants player release after Bill Snyder defends controversial decision to deny it

Things got awkward and nasty with the Kansas State football program. Wide receiver Corey Sutton wanted like to transfer but claimed coach Bill Snyder unfairly did his best to prevent that; Snyder defended his stance while revealing that Sutton has failed two drug tests during his time with the Wildcats.

Got all that?

Earlier this week, Sutton told The Wichita Eagle that he gave the university a list of 35 potential transfer destinations – all of which were blocked by Snyder. Sutton can transfer without a scholarship release from K-State but would be ineligible for financial aid at another school without that release – an option that Sutton said he can’t afford.

(Update: Sutton tweeted on Friday that Kansas State has granted him a release.)

In a release from K-State, Snyder apologized.

“I would like to apologize to Corey and his family for my remarks last night which included sensitive and private information,” Snyder said. “I spoke out of line and for that I express a sincere regret for my comments.”

Per the Kansas City Star:

Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor and Snyder said in the release that Sutton is permitted to transfer to and receive athletic aid from any of the schools he requested. Sutton said he gave K-State a list of 35 schools.

“After having further dialogue with Coach Snyder and the Sutton family, we believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to grant Corey his full release,” Taylor said. “We wish Corey the best as he continues his athletic and academic career.”

Snyder had addressed the situation Thursday. From The Wichita Eagle:

“I’ve been around there 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 feeling all along if you’re a No. 2 you probably want to be a No. 1. If you have the option to leave and you have 22 No. 2s on your team leaving you don’t have much of a team left. It doesn’t make sense to not try to prevent that from happening.”

And then came the news about the two failed tests:

In his only season with the Wildcats, Cotton caught four passes for 54 yards in 10 games in 2016.