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Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:00 pm

DESTIN, Fla. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he was battling laryngitis so he had to speak softly. His message, though, was loud and clear: football players should receive financial compensation.

At Wednesday’s SEC spring meetings, Spurrier presented a proposal that league coaches – out of their own pockets – provide $300 a game to its players. The money would be for game expenses.

“They can give to their parents for travel, lodging, meals,” Spurrier said. “Maybe they could take their girlfriends out Saturday night and so forth.”

Spurrier said six other coaches signed his proposal: Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida’s Will Muschamp, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, LSU’s Les Miles and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.

“A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it we would be willing to pay 70 guys 300 bucks a game,” Spurrier said. “That’s only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as the coaches in the SEC we make all the money as do the universities with television [deals]. And we need to give more to our players. That was something we need to get out there.”

The five coaches who didn’t sign Spurrier’s proposal: Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, Auburn’s Gene Chizik, Georgia’s Mark Richt, Kentucky’s Joker Phillips and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

"I told the other coaches Im going to tell the media what coaches wouldn't sign," Spurrier said.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said it was doubtful Spurrier’s proposal could ever get passed.

"I don't think [it would pass],” Slive said. “It was a gesture by Steve, thinking about student athlete welfare.”

Spurrier said he’s felt this way for years, especially how much money is made in college athletics by the universities and coaches.

“I just wish there was a way to give our players a little bit piece of the pie,” Spurrier said. “It’s so huge right now. As you know 50 years ago there was not any kind of money and the players got full scholarships. Now they’re still getting full scholarships and the money in the millions.

“I don’t know how to get it done. Hopefully there’s a way to get our guys that play football, a little piece of the pie. The coaches make so much, we ‘d be willing to pay it so there’s no additional expense to the university or anybody.”


Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:54 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Considering how much Auburn paid $Cam, it's understandable they would not go along with this propsal. Making their players take such a drastic cut in pay would probably cause a revolt around there ...

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:51 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

dmacramos - this is a great point - if there is a stigma with paying players in current dollars that they can waste as "students", maybe something a little less controversial would be to pay them money into a fund, which they get upon graduation.  or maybe even 5 years after their eligibility ends.  that way they can have something to show for their time and effort.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:47 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

For their "free education" they are busting their ass at practice 3 hours a day not to mention studying film during the week and travelling on Friday and Saturdays out of town for road games.

I think $300 per game is a pretty good start to compensating these players.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

So we should provide $300 a game in addition to access to coaches, trainers, doctors, facilities, travel expenses, uniforms, not to mention the cost associated with their education....

College is basically job training and a means to show their wares for their next level.  For those that can't get to the next level - they are getting an education in exchange.

So they are getting "paid" - it's just not in cash (or atleast publicly).

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

It's about time these college football players get compensation. Outside of a completely free college education, their getting nothing out of this deal.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:28 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

How about proposing a lump sum payment at the end of a student athelete's collegiate career? Contingent the athelete graduates.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:25 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Sooooo funny cut payrole, LOVE IT!!!!   but really whats 300, why not 500 or 1000 and will it ever be enough for some?   How about this, LET THEM HAVE JOBS!!!  They can go out and make money like everyone else!!

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:25 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Actually it's for the very reason that they are "revenue sports" that these players should get compensation. These players should AT LEAST get some money that goes toward some sort of trust fund that the school gives to them after X amount of years after graduating/leaving college. The amount of money that football and basketball teams are bringing in for their univesities are ridiculous, the players deserve at least some sort of compensation.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:21 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

$300 a game?  Is Spurrier looking to cut payroll?

Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:15 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Do anyone of these people pushing for compensation of football players realize it is a non-starter because of Title IX?  You can't compensate football player and not other scholar athletes... no matter whether or not they are revenue sports.

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