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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: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Just think of it, if a university were to cap coach's salaries at say a million dollaras a year and applie the remainder to the general student fund, how much better the University would be.  The players could benefit from much better dorms and living conditions, and the students would be mucch more apprecitative of their athletic departments.  Maybe, rather than paying the players, the system should limit the pay to the staff and build a better college environment for all of the students.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Mike for once I have to disagree with you. The players get a free education. Something I had to take out student loans to pay for. Also if you start this then you would have to pay every student athlete the same thing. This would cause many schools to cut non-revenue sports. Doing away with scholarships that provide many kids with an education that would never have been able to go to college without.
Between TV contracts, bowl game bonuses, fan ticket revenue as well as advertising... universities should have no problem making money. Besides, I red the article hours ago, but I thought I read something about coaches paying the players?  


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.  



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:46 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Here you go killa - A quick google search revealed the following.  Admittedly, the story is from 2006, but it doesn't take a math expert to know that tuition and fees have not quadrupled in the last 5 years:

'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.'





Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:29 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

@natecav...your telling a student that leave home an goes to college spend significantly less than 25g for tuition, fees, food,board, transportion lol ok your really smart...the only way student pay significantly less if there taking certificate or short apprenticeship program and live@ home



Lol.  Continuing to criticize my intelligence, while continuing to get my name wrong and continuing with the non-stop grammatical and spelling errors.  

And now you're moving the goal posts.  You initially said that average tuition/fees are $25k.  That is not true. 

Feel free to try to prove me wrong.



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:20 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

@natecav...your telling a student that leave home an goes to college spend significantly less than 25g for tuition, fees, food,board, transportion lol ok your really smart...the only way student pay significantly less if there taking certificate or short apprenticeship program and live@ home



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:03 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

@nolecole...your idiot and product of corporate america brainwashing thru the media...what content of my info is wrong? come with facts and stop generalizing...so your telling me tuition and college fee dont go up every year while the standard education has gone down with programs and teachers being cut with now over stuff classrooms and less time and quality of teaching for students...i know graduates lawyer who pass the bar and still working bs jobs or do every law student have to go to Harvard...why is america in recession? cause the financial and business section (fannie mae, goldman sach etc)  purposely ran america into the ground giving loans to everyone knowing that most people wont beable to pay it back...then they sell the loan to other smaller financial business scewing them over and collect high insurance return when they will default..yet the government bail them out wit tax money while they still get to keep theyre contractual double millon bonuses...so the trillion tax dollar spent on wars and then more billions we turn around and give these same countries we are waring with to build back their infrastructure makes more sense LOL ...30 years ago my dad went to college work partime pay his own tuition and was able to pick and choose jobs in his field..so your telling me the avg tuition and fees isnt about $25g a year is fare and there tons of job out there after student graduates lol..let me guess colleges aint a business and just a higher institution of learning the they make no profits lol you need to educate yourself stop believeing everything you here on tv or read online lol


You can't get my name right and you do not know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'.....yet, I'm the idiot.  Lol.

Regarding diminishing returns on tuition/education, like I told you in another thread, call your state legislator.  They have more to do with rising tuition costs than anything else, which their hands have been forced by the sluggish economy.

Regarding your alleged lawyer friends, they must not be very good.  I know a bunch and they all had jobs waiting for them after they graduated and passed the bar.

Regarding the recession, you are certainly entitled to that opinion.  I won't go into that since this is a sports board, not a political one.

And, no, I'm not telling you that 'avg tuition and fees isnt about $25g a year is fare and there tons of job out there after student graduates'.  Where did I even imply that?  But I will now say explicitly that...the AVERAGE tuition is nowhere near $25k. 

And, sir, you are the one that needs education....on a lot of topics as well as the English language.



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:53 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

@nolecole...your idiot and product of corporate america brainwashing thru the media...what content of my info is wrong? come with facts and stop generalizing...so your telling me tuition and college fee dont go up every year while the standard education has gone down with programs and teachers being cut with now over stuff classrooms and less time and quality of teaching for students...i know graduates lawyer who pass the bar and still working bs jobs or do every law student have to go to Harvard...why is america in recession? cause the financial and business section (fannie mae, goldman sach etc)  purposely ran america into the ground giving loans to everyone knowing that most people wont beable to pay it back...then they sell the loan to other smaller financial business scewing them over and collect high insurance return when they will default..yet the government bail them out wit tax money while they still get to keep theyre contractual double millon bonuses...so the trillion tax dollar spent on wars and then more billions we turn around and give these same countries we are waring with to build back their infrastructure makes more sense LOL ...30 years ago my dad went to college work partime pay his own tuition and was able to pick and choose jobs in his field..so your telling me the avg tuition and fees isnt about $25g a year is fare and there tons of job out there after student graduates lol..let me guess colleges aint a business and just a higher institution of learning the they make no profits lol you need to educate yourself stop believeing everything you here on tv or read online lol



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:31 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I think it's a great idea...but take it one step further.  $300 (to starters and play the majority of the plays)...$200 (to 2nd Stringers that play the second most plays)...and last but not least...$100 to all schollie players and/or all players that participate in games).

If any player leaves early from school as a Junior or a Redshirt Soph, must pay back all monies and scollie funds to school.






Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:15 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Sorry Steve, it will never fly.....



Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:01 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

he also states the can give it to their parents for traveling expenses!


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