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Spurrier on Paying Players Part 2

The Ol’ Ball Coach took some of his podium time at the SEC Meetings in Destin Florida to speak about a subject matter that clearly is important to him. Steve Spurrier last year made headlines at this very same event when he said that he thinks players in revenue generating sports should be compensated beyond just a scholarship, room, board and books. The South Carolina coach reinforced his position again this week:

“We as coaches believe they’re entitled to a little more than room, books, board and tuition,” Spurrier said. “Again, we as coaches would be willing to pay it if they were to approve it to where our guys could get approximately get three-, four-thousand bucks a year. It wouldn’t be that much, but enough to allow them to live like normal student-athletes.

“We think they need more and deserve more. It’s as simple as that.”

It seems as if Spurrier’s position which was considered somewhat radical a year ago is beginning to align more with mainstream thinking. LSU head coach Les Miles is on the same side of the fence as Spurrier.

“What we’re saying is the revenue-income sports, certainly football, would need in a possibility of sharing the income that’s being produced, paying it back to those guys.

“It would be a difficult task putting it to work, but I think it’s something we all want to push forward.”

It’s clear that coaches like Spurrier and Miles who have been doing this for a long time and have been rewarded during the rise of major college athletic revenues see a huge conflict with the current set up. The more high profile names that come out in favor of a Spurrier proposal the better the chances of there being a system which is better balanced. Spurrier deserves a lot of credit for continuing to use the spotlight to push this cause. Whether you like him or not, his head on this particular subject matter is in the right place.

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