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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.”

Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Sad, very sad, THIS is why our country is so behind the rest of the world in education because we don't VALUE education, we value touchdowns, first downs, tackles and sacks above grades and knowledge.
Why should these guys NOT get paid regardless of whether they want to learn or not?  Lets be honest, a lot of them don't belong in high school much less a 4 year university but the system gets them there because they want to make money off of them.  The problem isn't the undervaluing of education, its the overvaluing of the greedy motherfuckers that run this country.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

In other words, Spurrier says 'let them eat cake'...

the BCS, NCAA, and the schools basically have these players at sweat shop levels for what they make...hell..most of them PAY to play in college...sick.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

If they are going to make their grades, besides the 15 hours a week in class time, they need to study another 15 hours, or more.  Add several hours a day in practice time, film study time, game time and travel time and it's more than a job and 1/2.  In most states, if all they are after is a college education, you can work 20 hours a week and pay for the local community college.
Of course, if the revenue sports (football & basketball) were to pay their players $200 or $300 a week the liberal Federal courts would rule that every girls softball player or golf player would be entilted to the same.  Not likely to happen but still thought provoking.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

The problem isn't paying the student athletes, it is over paying the coaching and administrative staffs.

If colleges were smart enough to put some of their excessive revnues from a couple of sports back into the college facilities, including dorms for the athletes and student athletes and reducing tuition and fees then the student athlete as well as the general student population would be better off.  This would, also, increase athletic among the students providing better fan bases as they move on the the pro level where they will be able to negotiate for their services.  A number of incidental expenses can be reduced for the student athletes with these improvements, if the improvements are made to the general student population, ie., linen service, soap and other personal care products in the common showers/restrooms.

There is just so much greed in the top echelons of college sports that it appears the athlete is being mistreated.   In reality, in every other field of study, most of the students are struggling, too.  Bring their life style up, and they will be much more appreciative of the athletes.




Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

So what you're all saying is that the scholarship they receive is worthless, that without a player getting paid to play college football then he is getting something GIVEN to thim that is absolutely worthless?
The tuition, room, board, books, food, all of that, worth nothing unless a player gets some greenbacks in his pocket to spend right?
Sad, very sad, THIS is why our country is so behind the rest of the world in education because we don't VALUE education, we value touchdowns, first downs, tackles and sacks above grades and knowledge.
I'm as big a sports fan as you're going to meet and like to consider myself fairly knowledgable so don't think this is some academic with no insight into sports talking here but we HAVE to give VALUE to the education these young men are being handed to them.
When they don't take advantage of it and their pro dreams are dashed by an injury or simply not being good enough to make the cut was that $300 a game they received for 2-3 years going to help them? No, it isn't but the EDUCATION would! Even if you're a sociology major you can still get a good job doing whatever you like because companies VALUE those who have a bachelors degree, ANY degree!
Why may you ask? because it shows you followed through, you did what was necessary to earn your degree and to them that equals someone they can rely on and who has the smarts to be able to succeed anywhere, sure it's not a barometer for success but to many companies it's a positive sign.
The way I see it if you want to play in the NFL college football is your unpaid internship but it's an unpaid internship where you also tune your mind mentally and prepare yourself for the real world, just like any other student that uses unpaid internships at law offices, financial firms and the like to get them ready for their chosen profession college football gets the prospective NFL player ready physically to play the game while the college experience prepares them for LIFE and what happens AFTER football is done with you because football is done with players A LOT more often than they are done with it.
I will also reiterate that there's no reason why a player can't work when football season is not going on, you have from the beginning of Novemeber unless you're bowl bound to at least the first week of April to work around your school schedule and still have time to stay in shape like most other students do working out in the gym.
You also have summers as well when you can work if you need money to spend, there's NO reason you have to be football focused all year long, NO reason at all.
Anyone who says they do don't realize that the NCAA mandates how many hours football acitivities can take up of a students schedule and that is during the season and at certain times in the offseason and excludes ANY football activities by coaches in the offseason or sanctioned times ie: spring practice
No player needs to be going over playbooks or doing serious football workouts in January, February or March or during the summer they don't, I don't care how "dedicated" you say you are to football it is NOT a year round sport.
Also, say you were working out in January, February & March and also went to class what are you doing the rest of the time? same for the summers when you aren't in class, what are you doing? you're sure as heck not working out 8 hours a day or more so whby can't you work and still have some downtime to enjoy the summer and get in some lifting & running just to make sure you're in shape when camp starts?
It all comes back to value on the education, the minute you cut one check to a player than you're basically saying that education is worthless so we're going to give you some money.
Oh and what do you say to the students who excite alums in the science fields who donate buildings to universities for research and have no interest in sports at all? what do you say to those kidsw? do you tell them they get some money too? or is it just tough luck for you because you're not an athlete, you don't contribute as much to the university as the athletes do eventhough most D1 football programs who go to a major bowl game LOSE money!
What do you say to them? I know what most of you will say and it'll be something like academics aren't as important as sports or that sports brings in more to the universities than academics do when point in fact athletes give much less to their alma maters than non athletes do and your asserion of the athletic dept's importance over the academic will come down to one thing - Valuing of education which most on this board don't do - value education.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

Good call partypimp. Affirmative Action SUCKS BALLS.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

NEVER happen.
That stupid rule called title 9 "that all universities receiving any public funding MUST have as many men's teams sports a womens" 
will kill any chances of it happening. The rule provides gender equtity but is unfair. Women don't even go to see women's sports.
You would be forced to pay every single player equal compensation to any benefits from any source that a male player receives.
No kidding because the coaches are paid out of public funds.
This will never happen even though it should. Men and women ARE NOT equal when it comes to sports. Why not make them play on the same teams and see how that works if I'm wrong. Flying a womens field hockey team to ____ and putting them up to play a game nobody would walk across the street
to see is just insane. 
 



Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

His argument would've held a lot more water to me if he made it about how student athletes dont have time to get a job and still live healthy... It would have gone a lot further for me if he made it about not having schools break the rules to provide a decent lifestyle for student-athletes, and said it encouraged student-athletes to stay 4 years and graduate.

But for the above reasons, it's really not a bad idea, and the $300 amount seems fair for what a college kid could earn in a week-



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

so you saying that the cost of living havent gone up significantly in the last 5-6 years..so i guess gas prices must be a mirage, food (even a bottle of water depending on the brand is almosts $2), room & board and entertainment is still affordable as it was 5-6 years ago..factor all these expenses with tuition fee book etc a student cant average $25g a years of expenses..next thing you all be saying is there no such thing as inflation lol 



No, I never said or implied any of that.   

I'm beginning to think your reading comprehension skills are on par with your writing skills.



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

so you saying that the cost of living havent gone up significantly in the last 5-6 years..so i guess gas prices must be a mirage, food (even a bottle of water depending on the brand is almosts $2), room & board and entertainment is still affordable as it was 5-6 years ago..factor all these expenses with tuition fee book etc a student cant average $25g a years of expenses..next thing you all be saying is there no such thing as inflation lol 


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