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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: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:51 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Additionally, after reading over some of the other comments:  killerbee3 most certainly should not have any student loans to pay off...public grade schools are still free to my knowledge.  He consistently makes the most ridiculous statements, content as well as the use of poor spelling and wording. 


Not only are many of statements ridiculous, many of them are completely uninformed and flat out false.



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:48 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Additionally, after reading over some of the other comments:  killerbee3 most certainly should not have any student loans to pay off...public grade schools are still free to my knowledge.  He consistently makes the most ridiculous statements, content as well as the use of poor spelling and wording. 



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:42 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Spurrier expects the Ohio State players to take a pay cut?  Ridiculous! 



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:28 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

even steve spurrier kno it probably never happen $21000 a game for players is peanuts to the billions ncaa pocket annually and the million in salary yearly for college vp , exec, coaches etc for not goin much...the athlete play @ a high level risking lifetime injures, the fan (students parents) watch the games and pay for overprice tickets is what enables ncaa to makes these big tv deal..i thing ncaa n colleges should make cut back on tuition, admin fee , lab fee, books etc for student that dont get full scholarship instead of increasing tuition every year so student wont have such big debts in student loan after graduating..ncaa n colleges is like corporate america greedy and dont give a fuck about the little people (in this case student, fans and parents)..the fact the 70% of high school student attend college yearly and only about 30% of graduates find jobs in the field of their study shows a degree is not worth much these days



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:10 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

The rules changed over a decade ago regarding athletes being permitted to have jobs.  They are allowed to, so I don't see why they can't work during the summer to earn spending cash.

Regarding Spurrier's suggestion, it's idiotic.  It would do nothing to curb the cheating and smaller schools would not be able to afford it, so it would give the big boys even more of an advantage than they currently have.

Guess Spurrier believes the school should be paying for the players tats and weed.




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:06 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Game expenses?  They are fed by the team, transported by the team, and then put up in hotels by the team.  If Spurrier feels so strongly, he should just up the hotel quality, food service, and charter a flight.  

If you pay these athletes (not students), then you should have to give $300 to every student who goes to a game for their expenses to.  



Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:02 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I played D1 football in the SEC,trust me there are a thousand reasons these kids should get paid a measley 300.The Univerities are fleecing these kids-or at least let them get a side job or have the rights to their own likeness.



Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:59 am
 

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.



Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:52 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I agree with you about the fact that athletes do NOT deserve to get paid.  HOWEVER, as a prior student athlete myself I became an officer in the U.S. military and then a manager at a major defense industry corporation; and almost ALL of my teammates contributed to society in business, teaching, and coaching!  My brother was a starting RB in the SEC, and is a VP of a large company; and ALMOST ALL of his teammates have contributed positively to society (a few AFTER careers in the NFL).

Less than 1/10 of one percent is wrong.  The percentage of student athletes who contribute positively to society is probably well OVER 90%.




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:42 am
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

The kids get a full academic scholarship to a school of their choice by options of which schools offer it to them. This includes free housing, free books, free tuition and free meals. These players are not professional athletes, and most will never be professional athletes.  So if one were to say they disagree with Spurrier's statement, I would have no problem with that at all. 


HOWEVER, a lot of these college kids are forced to take summer camps for football and are often studying for tests, doing homework for classes, taking finals or attending football practice during the school year. With all of this stuff going on, a student-athlete doesn't have time to work 20 hours a week at a part time job and also have time to go out and buy clothes and spend time with friends at the mall. 


Lets remember, these are 17-22 year old kids. People this age need a social life as well as a life inside the classroom to go along with their football life at the school. Giving money to the student athletes would be okay in my opinion. Just not as much money per game as Spurrier proposes.  


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