Ron Prince's tenure at Kansas State had its highlights, so don't say it wasn't totally worth the money. They did beat Texas twice, a streak lending further proof to my pet theory that no matter how good a coach may be, there is a coach who has their number no matter how dramatic the skill differential between the two coaches is. They also went to the inaugural Texas Bowl, and nothing can ever take that away from them. (They also lost by 27 points to Rutgers. That, too, is theirs forever.)
K-State's association with Prince ends with a victory of sorts for the Wildcats, though.
K-State agreed to pay Prince $1.6 million in settling with the coach and his claims against his former employer, a nice financial windfall for the current assistant offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Where is the victory in this, besides being a sum much less than Prince was promised by the agreement?
The victory comes in the form of not having the trial that would have detailed how Kansas State's AD managed to negotiate a secret multi-million dollar deal with Ron Prince without the administration's knowledge, thus embarrassing the institution further after a hire so disastrous former coach Bill Snyder came out of retirement to restore some order at the school. Sometimes you pay someone to go away, and sometimes you pay someone to shut up. Both are expensive. Both require some degree of financial pain.
Make no mistake, though: for those still at K-State, the move is totally worth every penny to avoid a trial which would cause immense loss of face for the school. (Though the college football universe as a whole loses out on what would have been excellent dark comedy.)