Found May 31, 2012 on CollegeFootballSaturday.com:

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier believes college football players should be paid between $3,500 and $4,000 each year to compensate for the money they are making the university.

Steve Spurrier says college athletes should get paid.

I agree with almost everything Spurrier has to say. All of his jokes make me laugh and I frankly do not care who they are pointed at, but Spurrier is dead wrong on this. College athletes are already paid money–tuition money. They are already getting compensated by the university, by getting a free education and their fees paid for.

If you disagree with me, take a peek in a college classroom. There’s probably an 18 or 19 year old that scored a 25 on his ACT loaded up with student loans or desperately trying to work while attending classes to pay his own way through school. Meanwhile, in the same classroom, an athlete with a 19 ACT and a 3.0 GPA probably sits in the same room, and his biggest worry outside of class is whether or not the head coach is going to make him run extra sprints at practice.

Don’t get me wrong. Being a college athlete is not an easy ordeal. Athletes have to travel (the amount of travel obviously depends on the sport) and keeping up with school on the road could be a tough challenge for even the brightest of students. At the same time, a student working 40 hours a week (most students not on scholarship do work at least part time), has as much on his plate as any college athlete. A college athlete that practices/lifts weights/runs for around six hours a day on average has the same amount of his schedule dedicated to an activity outside of school as a non-athlete.

But wait Daniel, you don’t get it! It’s not that these athletes are spending all their time doing sports. No, it’s that the university is making millions of dollars off of these athletes and they should be compensated. Come on, you’d agree if you were in their shoes.

No, no I wouldn’t.

Say for instance an art student at the University of It Doesn’t Matter paints the best picture since Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. More than likely, the painting would be done for a class or in a class at the university. The student could sell that picture all around the world as much as he/she wanted. An athlete does the exact same thing. If a running back shines in college, he “shows off” his skills to the NFL and rakes in millions in the same way the art student could. Here’s guessing the university would find the money to make a new art department pamphlet with modern day Picaso right on the front cover, advertising what the school’s incredible art department could do for a future student’s career.

An university is a business. If it can make money off of sports, it will. If it can make money off of art, it will.

Maybe that example doesn’t clear up the picture for you. Here’s a more simple one: If someone at the University of Toledo cures cancer, you better believe that student will become the face of the non-athletic side of Toledo.

I’m honestly sick of hearing about college athletes being paid. If you’re a college athlete, be thankful for your free dorm room, your free tuition, and your free books. Stop asking for more. Depending on the college, that’s at least $30,000 alone over a four year period. Free. Other students that may have talent somewhere else, like in singing or dancing, are sitting in the same room as you, living at home, and schooling their way right into financial debt.

Besides, can you imagine how corrupt the already corrupt NCAA would be if college athletes did get paid? How would they manage to control the money going around? How long would it be before a player with the stature of a Tim Tebow received ten times more than a third string offensive tackle?

This is a non-issue. College athletes do get paid. Ask the kids actually paying their way through school and I bet they’d take a free bed, free classes, and no job while playing a sport they love.

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