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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: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:05 am

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

With the mamoth TV deals, coaches getting ridiculous contracts, basketball championships being played on football fields. These kids cant work and many come from poor homes.  There is enough money in college sports to give each athelete $400/mo ($4800) paid by NCAA, just add it to the scholarship and move on.  This wont solve all of the problems but will be a start.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:51 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Spurrier and the other coaches need to give the money they receive back to the taxpayers who pay their salaries.  They are part of the reason education costs so much in the United States.  I live near a small college that costs as much as some major Universities.  The only reason they charge so much is that they can get away with it.  Maybe Spurrier should focus on saving schools money by taking less of it for coaches, so everyone can afford some sort of education.  This effects the livelihoods of more than just athletes.

Or how about, putting games back on public television.  The TV revenue he refers to is another reason to hate the way sports has gone.  All sports have lost sight of the fans they keep them in business.  I refuse to pay for cable or satellite and more people need to do the same.  They don't deserve our money.  Sports is one of the major reasons it all costs so much.  Everyone involved in the sporting industry needs to remember that these are all kids games and they are making money to be apart of them.

It's all a big rip off anymore.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:31 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Lets see.  85 scholarship football players on a team x 120 Division I teams.  Thats 10,200.  Divided by 4 years is 2,550.  The NFL drafts about 255 players a year...thats 10%.  So basically, 90% of scholarship football players actually have to get a real job rather than playing a game.  It sounds to me like most athletes need their free education to get themselves a job when they graduate.

And the players need to get paid....I think the education is valuable enough.

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:27 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

The difference is, the guys he's talking about are making the schools millions of dollars by playing the sport.  You, on the other hand, aren't making that school a dime, unless you win the lottery and donate.  It's the same as being a professional athlete, they should get some bit of pay for what they do. 

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:03 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Do you generate millions and millions of dollars for your university? They do. That's the difference. 

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:50 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

If we do that, how about we give every college student $300 every two weeks of the semester.  What makes these student athletes different from anyone else?  They have to spend some of their "free time" playing a sport which gives them a free education, room and board and meals?  If I added up all of the extra time I put into doing things I didn't get credit for at school for my major, I guarantee it would at the very least equal out to the total amount of time these student athletes put in on monthly basis,  I'm not on any type of scholarship money, recieve basically crap from the state and I'll have plenty of loans to be paying back in another year once I graduate.  It's an insult to college students across the Unites States to even propose something like this.  It's an example of the people involved with athletics believing that they are the most important thing at the school and the only thing that matters.  It's incredibly insulting to say the least.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:20 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

So he's advocating pay cuts for SEC players.  Interesting. 

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:13 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Remember that all NCAA athletes are eligible for the maximum, NEED-BASED, financial aid available to any student at the university. They are eligible for Pell Grants, merit scholarships for academics, etc.. The myth that they don't have enough money to take their girlfriend on a date is laughable, especially in light of the stories at Ohio State. Serious, if they have enough money for thousands of dollars of tattooes, they have enough money to take their girlfried on a date.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:08 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Would $300 per game solve the improper benefits players receive from some boosters or local business owners and the answer is no.  Maybe raise the stipend players get to say $500 per month while they are in school.  Paying the players will not resolve incidents like they had in Ohio St.  Players get a full tuition that is around 6-25K per depending on in-state or out of state then the stipend which adds about 250 I think.  Then get jobs during the summer it is not that difficult then in 4 years you are either in the pros or you have a 4 year degree hopefully

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:02 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

These college athletics should not get one dime for playing in college because they are getting a free scholarship to go to college and the right to got to the NFL or any other professional sport for that matter and that should be enough to play the sport for free in college. I know Steve Spurrier is trying his best to kiss ass to recruits because he is not doing well at South Carolina and the only way he can get recruits to South Carolina and play for him is to pay them but it's nobody fault but his that he is in a run down job.

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