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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: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:25 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I think what people are missing here is that they are attending college for an education or in their terms, to better their life.  They deserve ZERO dollars per game.  Giving football players 300 bucks a game is basically putting them at a higher standard than others.  Like the poster below says, somewhat sarcastically, what about the ping pong players, the volleyball players?  

Bottom line, you go to college for 1 reason, to gain SOMETHING that might give you a better edge when it comes time to making money.  You go to school for a management degree with the prospective that said degree will help you get a job, that will pay you.  This is more or less saying we should also pay the management degree majors, the sociology majors etc etc etc while they work on getting a job....basically nonsense.  I understand the universities make millions off the product that the games bring, I get that, but in the end, how much money do they collect in terms of student loans from someone working on a doctorate?  It's time this country stops putting so much importance on ENTERTAINMENT, and starts seeing the big picture.  Only the jocks and meatheads don't understand this 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:07 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Nice idea, but here is the question: Where does this stop?  I think that volleyball players should get some money, maybe even the ping pong team members.  Are you kidding?  The advantage these players get is free education, many "perks," and tv time.  Sure, most do not, but it is not those the coaches want to help, it is the Derrick Roses of the world, the star player.  The coaches must think that if we pay them, they will stay longer, helping them.  Where does it stop?  300 here, 300 there, it is not their money, it is the NCAA money, the college's money, our money.  Hate the plan.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:02 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Do the players still get paid if the team loses or if they don't do well. Also, do they get paid if they are injured and cannot play?

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:49 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

How about this? Take football and basketball players out of the process of education, pay them to be athletes give them the funds to generate more funds.  Make them pay extra for education.  Why not?  Most of the basketball players in the NCAA plan to go pro, and you know that is the same in virtually all the SEC football programs.  Use the money they generate for the school to fund athletes of lesser popularity, swimmers, skiers, gymnasts, wrestlers and all that don't generate the ticket sales and television contracts.  There are still athletes in college that want an education.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:49 pm

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: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:46 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

The average college student come out of school with appoximatly $80.000 in debt! The average football player gets a free ride. In my assesment that means the players are already being paid about $20,000 per year. Paying them to play yet??? WHat a bonehead proposal!!

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:45 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

pay them!!! maybe something like $10000 a year which includes free ride etc and give them 6 years to get degree

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:29 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

They get a damn free ride!!  $300 bucks a game, what a moron.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:24 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

ncaa rules are a joke. players cant even accept a free meal with out it being scrutinized. sheez sell your own memrobilia and see where that gets you. get a free car or better yet a reduced price one and the ncaa will be beating down your door. yet the ncaa and universities will make billions of dollars off of revenue from television contracts. 

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:22 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

OH PLEASE visor boy and your puppy dog chain gang...

how about they pay them if they get good grades?  or even take their own tests....or even show up for school?  like hell they will pay them. and when they fock up and they pay only the "good/cheating ones"  this will turn into...OH WAIT its already there...THE BcS! 
what an arrogant piece of crap ..these suc coaches think they are pretty big now...will pay them...oh wait YOU MEAN THE BOOSTERS will pay them 300(HUNDRED THOUSAND)  

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