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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 7, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:12 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Spurrier is just looking for trouble.  You ask the Gator players to take a 90% cut in pay and I guarantee you they will vote to form a union.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:02 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

how about they leave school with 100k in debt from loans like everyone else.  how about they actually have to pass the classes they take like everyone else.  how about when they get in trouble something actually happens to them like everyone else.   

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:25 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

These guys are getting paid: They're getting a free college education to play sports. If that's not enough for them, don't accept that scholarship offer and join the work force out of high school.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:17 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Join the UFL, CFL or whatever FL their would be.  They don't have to 'waste' time going to classes or doing homework.  If you are on a college campus you might as well do womething....

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:11 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Spurrier did not say coaches are "grossly" overpaid.  He said they make plenty and could help out with something that might make the players' lives somewhat easier.  They work like hell for those three hour games each week and there's so much money floating around NCAA football why the hell not spread a little--a little--of it around?  Who'd it hurt?

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:09 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

But after they graduate isn't when students need the money! They need on wednesday. or a week from tuesday. AFTER they graduate is like offering to reimburse them for their tuition after they pass economics their senior year.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:09 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.

However this raises a lot of other issues. First and foremost, because of Title IX, you could not limit compensation to just football players. You would have to pay all athletes. Does women's softball generate enough revenue to justify player compensation? I could foresee many athletic programs being eliminated.  

Would each athlete being compensated equally? Should a starter be paid  more than a role player? Should a player who is redshirted be paid?  Should a player on the soccer team be paid as much as as a football player? (We all know that football is the revenue generating sport that supports most athletic programs.) 

I think that athletes do deserve some type of stipend or additional compensation to cover expenses. But to pay them straight cash would eliminate their amatuer status. This would create another dilemma for sports agents and the athletes draft status and eligiblity.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:09 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I personally feel that college athletes should get paid something... I mean it's easy to say that yes they get a full scholarship but the last time I checked my local Shell station didn’t have a “I have a full scholarship” lane… nor did my grocery store. 

I read a recent article by a former college football player that said he and many of his teammates lived below the poverty line.  Under the current rules the full scholarship can only cover tuition, books, and room and board and cannot cover any other expenses, such as transportation and school supplies, or what about year round health insurance (which a university cannot cover).  Now you tell me how would you feel if the university and coaches are making millions of dollars off of you and you are struggling to make ends meet.  Ohh, excuse me… I’m sorry let me not forget about that Free Education.  But then I can’t even sell a ring which I legally own without getting penalized for it.    

I think there should be a way that every student athlete should get paid something.  I understand that football is the most lucrative college sport, but I feel like the university and NCAA should somehow split the pot amongst all college athletic programs.  Maybe pay a student athlete based upon seniority… like as a freshman you would get paid $800 a month, sophomores’ $900, etc…  Whatever payout structure, it would be universal across the board for all athletic programs women and men.

Understandably you may have some college programs that this maybe a financial burden on (I seriously doubt this), but there should be some type of profit sharing system amongst all NCAA Division I participating programs.  I’m sure there would be a ton of legal hurdles to cross to get something like this done, but I believe it can most certainly be done.   What you think?

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:58 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Three whole hours a day!?!? Gee whiz, they should be getting a lot more than a $30,000 college education.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:57 pm

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

I find it fascinating that 7 of the SEC coaches are so willing to admit that they are grossly overpaid. 70 x 300 = 21,000 x 12 games = over $250,000 per year. But hey, they wouldn't mind? Obviously none of them believe it will ever be approved for a multitude of reasons. I guess the gesture is important as it does raise awareness of the issue. It kills me to read some of the comments like "let them get a job." Playing college football takes up a whole lot more of these guys' time than flipping burgers part time at McDonalds. Most of the schools in this discussion charge upwards of $20,000 to $30,000 per semester for tuition, why not build some spending money into the scholarship for ALL student athletes? How different is that from their meal ticket to the cafeteria? 

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