Steve Spurrier: Pay SEC Footballers $300 a Game

From Chicago Breaking Sports:

The former Gators coach suggested players receive $300 per game to pay for expenses, a cost that would come out of the coaches’ pocket. Or at least some.

Seven coaches, including Florida’s Will Muschamp, signed Spurrier’s proposal that was presented to the athletic directors at the SEC Spring Meetings on Wednesday.

“A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it that we would be willing to pay it, 70 guys, 300 bucks a game. That’s only $21,000 a game,” Spurrier said. “I doubt if it will get passed, but as a coach in the SEC, we make all the money as do universities, colleges, [television] and we need to get more to our players.”

Six coaches signed Spurrier’s proposal, which he showed to the media then folded and put in his pocket. Besides Spurrier and Muschamp, Alabama’s Nick Saban, LSU’s Les Miles, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley signed the proposal.

Although it was more of a gesture than something the conference is likely to pass, Spurrier wanted to make a point. Legislation of this nature would have to come from the NCAAlevel, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. And it would have Title IX implications, as well.

Spurrier made his point anyway.

“I just wish there was a way to get our players a little piece of the pie. It’s so huge right now,” he said. “As you know, 50 years ago, there was not any kind of money and players got full scholarships. Now they’re still getting full scholarships and the money’s just in the millions. I don’t know how to get it done. Hopefully there’s a way to give our guys that play football a little piece of the pie.”

All SEC coaches except Kentucky’s Joker Phillips make at least $2 million annually. Vanderbilt recently hired James Franklin, who was the offensive coordinator at Maryland, but is a private school and does not report its coaches salaries.

NCAA chief Mark Emmert pooh-poohs the logistics of the ole ball coach’s plan:

“Paying players by game doesn’t make any sense to me at all,” Emmert said. “Are you going to pay them based on every game they go to? Are you going to do the same thing with women’s volleyball? And why $300? If you’re just paying them for a game, why not $3,000?”

More than one NR preprandial-cocktail conversation has dilated over the logistics of paying college athletes. Discuss amongst yourselves . . .

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