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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: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:13 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

This aint gonna solve anything.  Why do people think that the reason that college football players (and other athletes) make stupid choices is because they are destitute?  Terelle Pryor aint hawking jerseys to feed his mom - he's doing it because he CAN.  He can get free cars, free tatoos, be a BMOC.  His choices aren't to sell an autograph or eat out of trashcans.  He's on a full ride scholarship to one of the best colleges in the country.  He has a chance to leave with a college degree that most kids would kill for.  The kids that could use the extra $300 are the walk ons and the guys on the bench - the ones who are still paying all of their other bills and probably taking their own Geology exams.  But you can bet those won't be the players getting that $300 stipend.  Nah, it will be the kid who has free room and board, free food, free books, and is driving around in a loaner Escalade with a really bitchin new sleeve. 

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:15 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Steve can go to hell. These kids get FREE SCHOOL - FREE HOUSING - FREE FOOD AS MUCH AS THEY CAN EAT - FREE BOOKS - FREE TUTORING - for what? just because they can jump higher than the next guy? They get enough, for those that claim these guy bring home the money, most these programs spend the money ONLY on the the program. Many schools LOSE money when they travel to bowl games.

My daughter graduated 3rd in her class and in the top ten for ACT, she got a "partial" scholarship and NO FREE HOUSING - NO FREE BOOKS - NO FREE FOOD - So shove it with the athletes bringing in the money.

Any school that takes STATE FUNDS should NOT be allowed to dole out one penny over the scholarship and free room and board. For every athletic scholarship there should be 100 acedemic scholarships. How many student athletes go on to contribute to society in a meaningfull way? Less than one tenth of one percent I'm guessing.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:13 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Even more, when does a kid who comes from a modest income family have a chance to work at a summer or part-time job in order to earn some pocket money or clothes money?  Give them a $100 or $200 a week during the season and give them some off time.  If the rule is the same for everyone no one  is hurt.
Great, when can I expect my $200 a week stipend?  In reality, the players already have one at least as good.  Full ride tuition scholarships are worth at least as much at both schools.  In response to the modest income athletes, the reality is that college, especially at the major universities that are athletic powerhouses, is rarely pay as you go anymore.  My friends and I all have taken on some fairly substantial debt burden to invest in our education, and many of us do work part time.  Athletes already have a better deal than anyone because what money they do earn doesn't get burned as tuition straight away.  I would love if every athlete and every student in this country could attend a good college and not be hemorrhaging cash every quarter, but that's just the way it is now and you shouldn't be entitled to the good life because you can play sports well.  They already have a generous package.  You are either in college to go play pro sports or to get a degree like everyone else.  Either way, I fail to see why an athlete should have an easier go at than everyone else. 

And on a side note, while this argument is fun to make for sports fans and older people and football coaches everywhere, the reality on the ground at universities is very different.  Public schools across the country are being absoluately hammered.  It's worse here at UC, but when students are facing a second 30% tuition hike in three years the idea that extra cash would be handed out to full-ride students so they can take their girlfriends on dates is absurd.  If the football team actually makes money (rare), then proceeds should fund the other sports.  If the entire department makes money (very, very rare), then they should kick profits back to the school's general fund or retire the debt the school took making all those pretty stadiums. 

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:19 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

This money would only get some of these kids in further trouble.  Face it, not many ppl have jobs that they can work more than 25hrs or jobs that pay anything while they are in college.  When you do have a job in college it's to pay for books, rent, and booze.  They get their meals paid for, get their housing paid for, and get scholarship money.

If you give them this money for alot it will just be some pot.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:12 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I think it's a great idea but I doubt that it will happen anytime soon.  It would certainly make a difference as to who really wants to be a 1-A team.  These players at the big-time schools give away their souls for the program.  From what I understand even the stuff they are expected to volunteer for in the summer, they are shamed if they don't do it.
It has gotten well out of hand.  I've heard that even some of the big high school programs expect their stars to participate in 7 on 7 programs in the summer.  When does a kid just get to be a kid?  Even more, when does a kid who comes from a modest income family have a chance to work at a summer or part-time job in order to earn some pocket money or clothes money?  Give them a $100 or $200 a week during the season and give them some off time.  If the rule is the same for everyone no one  is hurt.
When I was a kid I worked out some the rest of the year to stay in shape for football but it was on my schedule and no coach received a report on how I was spending my time.  Yes, and sometimes I worked part-time jobs.  I came from a family of modest means and if I was to have new jeans or a ride, I had to work.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:59 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Absolutly NOT!
 They are getting a scholarship to a great academic institution to be educated for FREE!!!!!!!!!!
It's their stupidity if they don't capitalize on it and see it for the TREMENDOUS opportunity that it is, an opportunity to better yourself not just on the football field but for YEARS to come when your football career is over which for more of these players will come a lot sooner than they think!
There's NO reason why players can't get a job as soon as the regular season is over, they can't fit it in around practices when school is out and they're preparing for a bowl game or they can go to work right after the season is over which gives them from December through at least March giving them a full month to prepare for spring football oh and there's nothing to say they can't run on a treadmill or workout at the gym in between classes and work like MOST students do!
Sfter the srping game they don't have any sort of minicamps until near the end of the summer so there's nothing stopping them from working then and by then they are out of school so there's NOTHING stopping them from working and still being able to work out to keep in shape.
It CAN be done and it IS done by students every day who carry around A LOT more academically than your average athlete, sure you'll get the odd athlete like Craig Krenzel when he was at Ohio State who was a biochemistry major or Myron Rolle who was playing at FSU and was such an academic standout that he earned a Rhodes scholarship.
Don't give me this garbage that football is a year round commitment, you CAN work out and stay in shape and be able to hold down a part time job when the season isn't actually going on.
You CAN do that and still be a top flight player and anyone who says that football players are solely focused on football even in the offseason is fooling themselves, if they were THAT dedicated an individual they can use some of that dedication to give themselves some money to spend when they're in football season and football, practice and classes take up the bulk of their time but the fact is they're not that dedicated they just want to not have to do anything outside of class and maybe the occasional work out when football season is over.
Fact is they need to recognize what is being given to them and not focus on what isn't, ie: money to play, focus on the incredible opportunity of that free education because when you lose sight of it you start to ask yourself why you're not getting paid when in fact you are and being enriched in more ways than dollars can count.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:55 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Walk-ons don't get sqwat.

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:49 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Most of the students who play pro sports have full rides; of course. After their scholarship money finish paying housing (on or off campus), books (if they choose to buy books), cafeteria fees (if they choose a meal plan) and a few other small fees, the REST OF THE MONEY IS THEIRS! This doesn't just go for college athlete's, but it goes for every college student. They get a refund check for the money they have not used to pay their expenses for school a few weeks after the semester start. So when they get THAT money, they can pay their rent up at their apartment at least 5 to 6 months ahead, pay their personal bills, and take care of their family and kids. This is the stuff college athletes have NOT mentioned on ESPN yet. I have been awaiting to hear this. After they finish paying their personal bills, they still have money left over. This is facts, I'm a recent college graduate myself. Now if they blow through the money just as fast as they get it, that's THEIR problem.

But on the flip side, these TV stations are making too much money for the athletes NOT to be making no money at all from it. Who's performing? Who's selling tickets? THE PLAYERS!!!!

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:48 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

They are already getting compensation, it`s called a scholarship. If they were to pay them $300 per game, then let the athletes pay for their tuition, books, meals, face it, they get paid pretty damn good money especially if they`re an out of state student

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:26 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

These guys are getting tens of thousands of dollars between their costs of schooling, housing and meals. All they need is extra coin to get more tats, coke, chronic, alcohol and pretty much anything that that the students are into. Quit crying poverty and act like any average student. Yes a common student does not generate the millions an A leaguer dos at a major school. But I do not hear the brainy geeks on free rides crying ghetto poverty. Sure the schools want to pocket all the cash but these guys need to see and learn life is no cakewalk and their will not always be someone there to wipe you as$%^&*.

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