FRISCO, Texas – Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz came out as gay to the public last week, and his coach and teammates voiced their support for him at Big 12 Media Days.
Frantz told the team about his sexuality more than a year ago during a team-building exercise. He finally told the rest of the world in an ESPN interview after some conversations with Bill Snyder. Snyder had been worried about the possible media attention that would follow the announcement, but he said he was okay with it when he heard Frantz’s motivation to come out publicly.
“What he wanted to do was help others, number one. That was important to me,” Snyder said.
Frantz also “wanted the opportunity to feel free to live his life as he would like.” That reason also resonated with the head coach.
Right tackle Dalton Risner expressed strong support for his fellow lineman as well. He said everyone on the team accepted Frantz, and that it was good that no one betrayed his trust by telling other people before Frantz was ready.
“Scott Frantz told us a year and a half ago, and it was one of the most powerful moments of my entire life in that room when he told us,” Risner said. “And the fact that no one got out and told one person–because if you tell one person about something like that, that thing’s going to spread–that should just tell you guys of how powerful that moment was, that 130 guys heard that, and you guys didn’t hear one word about it.”
Snyder was happy with the way the entire situation played out. He said he was glad that Frantz could be himself, and he was happy that Frantz’s teammates and coaches reacted the way they did.
“So I’m proud of him,” Snyder said of Frantz. “I’m proud of our players and how they handled it.”