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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:17 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

This is so focked up!!   I played hockey in college and got a full ride..saved my parents 100K.  They were more than happy to pay travel costs to watch.

Most students leave college with student debt or bankrupt parents.  I left with none of the above.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:58 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

This is beyond ridiculous.  A free ride, free room and board, and free meals.  Did I mention free?  And you can't go so far as to base it on graduating after four years or any scale based upon academic achievement.  You can't pay the Vandy QB more than the Vandy power forward.  They'll both graduate with honors and be successes wherever they go.  These kids are given everything including the kitchen sink.  They are not students.  They are athletes and go to school only to play a specific sport.  No academic dean, no guidance counselor, no coach gives a rats ass what happens to them after they're done on the field.  As long as they run, shoot, and throw better than their SEC/ACC/PAC12 rival, and earn income to the university, it's a joke they're actually referred to as a student. 

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:54 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

That's what student loans are for. Some kids use them for books, classes and housing. Players can use them for spending money till they "make it rich"! There is no way to keep it honest. Before you know it the guys will have BMW's and Caddies, because $300.00 will turn into
$3,000.00. Sorry - let the coach buy them dinner every night if he's that worried.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:45 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

They get fed some dont pay for school they get who the h.... knows what free from boosters... are you kidding me get Paid hell pay me for playing football on thanksgiving day. he is nuts.Yell

Since: Aug 31, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:39 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

While you remain in the lala land of the 1950's westie, everyone else should realize that college football is the minor leagues for the NFL whether you like it or not. The players who can't make the NFL receive a scholarship to help them after school, the others leave their junior year. I wonder why they would leave?

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:37 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

They need  the $300 to pay for the gas in the free cars they are getting.How about giving them $300 if they get above an average grade in the classroom for classes that are not basketweaving and similiar.This is college they are going to NOT the minor leagues for pro sports.

Since: Aug 31, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:35 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

How about they pull in millions for the school? how about they have a full time job with physical risk that could cost them their full scholarship? How about Coaches get paid millions while the players can't buy a car unless they go under the table? 

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:27 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game


Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:20 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Mikey, Steve hasn't coached them in a gilded eternity. He is at South Kakalaki now. I suggest you plow some more potatoes.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:18 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I agree that the atlethes should be receiving some sort of compensation for all the time and effort that they expend in making the athletice program successful. I like the idea of the athlete receiving compensation at the end of their career contingent upon them graduating.


If time and effort are the criteria, you are going to have to go far beyond Title IX.  What about all of the kids devoting just as much time and effort in the Chemistry and Biology Research Departments?  While there are a few schools that could claim the athletic departments generate a small revenue.  You would be hard pressed to find many schools that are.  This is a huge box of worms that has tax increase written all over it. 

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