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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.”

Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Man!  Gutsy move by Spurrier because this is going to make him very UNPOPULAR with his players!!!

These guys and the rest of the SEC (sans Vanderbilt) are going to be ticked with the ridiculous salary cuts!!!

Ha! Ha! Ha!     


PS - If Stevie Football is looking to get fired or hanged he could simply go to the South Carolina state capital and ask that all of the conference have a mandatory "Know how to read" rule.  That would knock out about 80% of the players overnight!  



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

No worries, gunrock.  I think we see eye to eye on this subject.  Cheers.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Long story - short, my buddy killa spouted off about something he knows little to knowing about.
Well that's nothing new on this site.  My only concern is that some people believe that these scholarships have no monetary value, and that is of course false.  Tuition+room+board is worth as much money as most people can make straight out of high school and a very sweet deal for a job that consists of playing a sport and if you want it a marketable degree.  And I would say that when we are talking about the schools we are talking about, we are dealing with the elite schools.  An athletic scholarship to Cal, Michigan, OSU, Alabama, etc is worth more than a scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield.

And I apologize if I misrepresented you; I didn't really mean to pick on you and had not until now fully appreciated that nature of your dispute with killa.  It's just that if someone looks up that figure you cited and comes to believe that an NCAA FBS scholarship has a value of 6000 they would be very much mislead.  I know you weren't trying to mislead anyone, but people should know it is far more valuable than that.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I think it's a great idea the schools makes money, coach makes money, and the players get in on it. I would like to see the SEC go with it who cares what the other leagues think. the best football is played in the SEC anyway, everyone knows that so reward them. hell osu pays their players why not jump on the ban wagon. GEAUX TIGERS



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

i think ncaa  and college excec, vp, board member, coaches etc  should all have salary cap and take pay cuts as from their 6&7 figures to 100g or under a year if player cant get payed...put all that 100s of million in wasted salaries back in the college progams paying professor and teacher better and cutting back student tuition and fee..the fact ncaa still use player image and names for profit  after they graduates or when their no longer attending colleges without compensation is illegal thats why there ongoing law suit against them right..ncaa are just a punch of crooks calling themself nonprofit and using student athlete as slave laborer in name of scholarship the hardly cover their needs..if a player get hurts and no longer can play he looses his scholarship no wonder most of these player break the rules and try and get whatever they can..


check the link and see for yourself about all the law suit ncca are in court for

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/front

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Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

As you mentioned, those figures are five years old and a lot has changed for public schools in that time.  State budgets have been hammering them hardest in that time period.  Secondly, that average figure is misleading.  The schools that have athletic prgrams like that tend to be the elite flagship schools of that state's university system.  There is a drastic cost difference between the fees at the California State University schools and the University of California system campuses, as an example from my home state. So a minimum cost of attendance of 20K is a conservative estimate for tuition, room, and board at the elite public schools in 2011.  Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board. 



The average figure is what we are talking about, though.  And we're only speaking in terms of tuition and fees, not room/board/etc. as he tried to change it too.  We're also not speaking purely of 'elite' institutions.  

That being said, the average public school tuition as not gone from $6,000 to $25,000 in the last 4 years (the figure quoted earlier was for the 06-07 school year). 

Long story - short, my buddy killa spouted off about something he knows little to knowing about.




Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

It's only 21,000 a year out of their hundred-thousand or multi-million dollar contracts every year. And just SEC players, I think.  



$21,000/game, which would be hundreds of thousands/year.

And as federal law stands right now, that would mean a school would have to pay every student-athlete the $300 on all sports, which means millions per school.  95% out there could not afford it.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

$300 a game.
12, 13, 14, maybe even 15 games.
$3600 per kid per season, maybe as much as $4500.
So they can take their dates out to dinner once a week?
Thank you Pandora!



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Yes. Pay the players. Then we can enjoy boycotts and lockouts just like the NFL!

Don't we have enough trouble with those kids going to bars (underage drinking) and DUI/DWI and alcohol related fighting, etc., drugs, and on down the list. So let's FUND them now so they can do more off the field?



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

The average tuition at four-year public colleges and universities is $5,836 for the 2006-07 school year.'

'With room and board, four-year public colleges average $12,796 for in-state residents.'
As you mentioned, those figures are five years old and a lot has changed for public schools in that time.  State budgets have been hammering them hardest in that time period.  Secondly, that average figure is misleading.  The schools that have athletic prgrams like that tend to be the elite flagship schools of that state's university system.  There is a drastic cost difference between the fees at the California State University schools and the University of California system campuses, as an example from my home state. So a minimum cost of attendance of 20K is a conservative estimate for tuition, room, and board at the elite public schools in 2011.  Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board. 


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