Kansas State wide receiver Corey Sutton is soon to be a former Kansas State player.
Sutton said Friday that Kansas State had granted his release to transfer from the school. The tweet comes a day after Sutton said Kansas State was blocking his release to transfer to over 35 schools.
Thank you to everyone who supported me, I am now released from Kansas State University.
— 12 (@coreysutton1997) June 2, 2017
The school confirmed the tweet a bit later. It seems pretty reasonable to assume that Sutton going public had a lot to do with the resolution of the situation.
“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,” Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. “We wish Corey the best as he continues his athletic and academic career.”
Had Kansas State not given Sutton his release he would have been forced to walk-on at his new school for a year before signing a financial aid agreement. Sutton said he was transferring in part because he felt Kansas State coaches didn’t live up to their end of the bargain regarding potential playing time and said Snyder told him that upon signing with Kansas State that he was signing for four years.
Snyder responded to Sutton’s claim that he was being prevented from transferring by saying that it could be a problem if multiple backups decided they wanted to be starters and transferred. He also alleged that Sutton had failed two drug tests in his lone season at Kansas State — a ridiculous thing to say for any coach unhappy with a player’s transfer request.
Corey Sutton tells me today that “what [Kansas State coach Bill] Snyder said about the drug test is false.” Sutton is the K-State receiver whose request for a scholarship release was blocked by Snyder. The coach said Thursday that Sutton failed two drug tests during his one year at the school. Sutton said he would have no additional comment at this time.
Snyder apologized for his remarks in the statement.
“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.”
Sutton appeared in 10 games and had four catches in 2016.
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