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Seven SEC coaches would pay players — out of their own pockets

Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban AP

Well, this is certainly an interesting twist on the whole move to possibly “bump up the stipends” Div. 1-A football players receive.

At the SEC spring meetings Wednesday, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier tossed out an interesting proposal to the other 11 head coaches in the conference: pay the 70-member traveling parties for each squad $300 per player, per game.  Where Spurrier went off the beaten path, however, was the fact that his proposal would require the money to come out of the head coach’s pocket.

And this wasn’t some type of Spurrier schtick, like having himself handcuffed and “arrested” earlier this year.  No, the Ol’ Ball Coach was deadly serious, as shown by the fact that he put his proposal to a “vote”.

Somewhat surprisingly, the non-binding, no-chance-in-hell-it-happens “legislation” was signed by Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida’s Will Muschamp, Tennessee’s Derek Dooley, LSU’s Les Miles, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen along with Spurrier.  That’s seven coaches who approved of the off-the-wall proposal, but it also means there were five coaches, armed with Spurrier’s “I’m gonna tell the media who doesn’t sign” warning, who “didn’t want to talk about it“: Georgia’s Mark Richt, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, Auburn’s Gene Chizik and Kentucky’s Joker Phillips.

Spurrier’s “proposal” certainly wouldn’t come cheap; at the rate The OBC proposed, each SEC coach would have to dig deep enough into his own pocket to pull out $252,000 just for the regular season.  Toss in an SEC title game appearance and/or a bowl game, and that total would be approaching $300,000.

Of course, and as we stated earlier, there is almost no chance in hell that Spurrier’s proposal gets adopted by the SEC let alone the whole of Div. 1-A football.

Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post tweeted that “Spurrier indicated that the SEC athletic directors did not seem to take his idea seriously.”  And, as noted by Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News on Twitter, “Spurrier’s proposal is a non-starter rules-wise.”

It will though, spur some serious discussion about ways to begin bridging the gap between scholarships and what it actually costs to attend a university.  And the discussion angle, we’re thinking, was likely the biggest reason for Spurrier’s proposal in the first place.

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18 Responses to “Seven SEC coaches would pay players — out of their own pockets”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Jun 1, 2011 4:45 PM

    We already know SEC players get paid already!

  2. brownsfrown says: Jun 1, 2011 5:00 PM

    Title should be changed to read “Seven SEC coaches HAVE paid players — out of their own pockets.”

  3. thompgk says: Jun 1, 2011 5:29 PM

    ZOMG Big 10 losers just crapped their pants all the while ignoring Ohio States transgressions and continue to think its isolated to them

  4. noaxetogrind says: Jun 1, 2011 5:46 PM

    brownsfrown, If you cant beat them on the field, assail their character, their academics, their schedule, anything to deflect away from the source of envy, their athletic superiority. One is decided in front of all to see. The other is all innuendo and speculation. There are some over zealous boosters to be sure in the SEC who would cheat in a heartbeat for their alma mater. However that said, other than Lane Kiffen who lasted about a New York minute, what other coaches in the SEC have even been accussed of cheating from a credible source? Of course I mention merely to juxtapose your assertions as compared to what we know as fact concerning a Big Ten Head Coach at Ohio State.

  5. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 6:06 PM

    @stairwayto7 …

    Whatever infractions occur in the SEC are the same infractions that occur in the Big 10, the Pac 12, and every other conference–as Ohio State’s and USC’s problems have proved.

    Good for the ol’ ball coach for stoking the fire on paying players!

  6. 78lion says: Jun 1, 2011 6:07 PM

    Hey Steve, if you don’t need the money how about sending it to the South Carolina high schools to improve their academics? Sorry, forgot that would take away your excuse for oversigning.

  7. jaggedmark says: Jun 1, 2011 6:12 PM

    Slimeiest, sleeziest, conference in the world.

  8. atxcane says: Jun 1, 2011 6:51 PM

    Part of me wants to sympathize with the athletes, considering their backgrounds and how much the NCAA makes off them. But then I’m smacked by the reality of two issues:

    1) On the one hand, we’ve got players trading memorabilia for discounts because we’re told “times are tough, money is tight at home”. Then we realize the discounts are for luxury items like tattoos. It’s kinda hard to declare poverty when spending money on superfluous stuff like this.

    2) Paying players opens up a HUGE can of worms. I don’t doubt it’s possible to do, but I think when the money was divvied up fairly, it’d end up being almost negligible. The amount would have to be uniform across the board to avoid unfair recruiting edges. Then does that get paid to ALL div1a players, or just football players? I think it would be fair to have a ‘profit’ share for football players, but then again, the NCAA is ‘nonprofit’ (Har har har).

  9. mrcowpatty says: Jun 1, 2011 7:34 PM

    Wouldn’t it be easier if they just called college football the Minor Leagues. Pay the players for their services, ( $30,000 a year and they pay for their own tuition) if they want to go to school they can if not fine. Let them play for five years and then tell them goodbye.

  10. caneincanada says: Jun 1, 2011 7:43 PM

    It seems like the 7 coaches that said yes are the ones that are getting Paid serious bank.

  11. gorilladunk says: Jun 1, 2011 7:57 PM

    At least it’s never boring with Spurrier around!

  12. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 1, 2011 8:19 PM

    Did you see those rides TP was rolling around in? Do you see the tattoos a lot of these cfb players sport? I’m no prude, i’ve got a few pieces of ink myself.

    What I am, though, is an adult who just worked and slaved his way through menial jobs to live while attending university. After the effort put forth how the hell can anybody ask me to support paying these players any money on top of their free tuition.

    Every aspect of what they receive would have made my life easier/better. Even the meal plan alone would have been a major help. They are driving nicer cars than mine (even the ones that they really “own”), they can “afford” to get more ink than me (if I got their “prices” I’d have more than 2 pieces), they do not have to worry about paying tuition, rent, $$$ for books (I spent $583 my last semester), and they STILL need more money to LIVE?

    Get out of my face with that jive.

  13. WingT says: Jun 1, 2011 8:25 PM

    Nice Steve Spurrier. Of course you know that your offer doesn’t stand a chance in hell of being accepted.

    All his proposed plan is saying is, look, if it’s a matter of cost or actual money, then I’m willing to pay for the kids to get a small stipend

  14. mrcowpatty says: Jun 1, 2011 10:00 PM

    I find it interesting that there is not a whole lot of response on this subject. Could it be that those, who make remarks on this page, that favor the SEC find this a little embarrassing.

  15. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 11:45 PM

    What do you want people to say, cowpatty? It was a symbolic gesture. I don’t find it at all embarrassing. As I told someone earlier tonight, I love the ol’ ball coach. Spurrier is one of the most entertaining coaches in the SEC, and it will break my heart when he finally rides off into the sunset. I would have given anything to be the fly on the wall in that room when he popped that question. Would have loved to watch our Nick raise his hand and say, “Yeah, I’ll go for that.”

    I think it’s hil-a-rious. Players ought to be paid and they’re just sending a little message to the SEC.

    This is about the usual number of comments for a CFT story–you’re just spoiled by the large number on the Tressel articles. And there are only so many ways brainiacs like jaggedmark can whine about how sleazy and slimy the SEC is because our teams consistently beat everyone else’s.

    Whine on, boys, whine on 😆

  16. goforthanddie says: Jun 2, 2011 2:22 AM

    “It will though, spur some serious discussion about ways to begin bridging the gap between scholarships and what it actually costs to attend a university. ”
    This is where I’m lost. I was under the impression a “full scholarship” included all tuition/fees, books/materials, housing and meals. Last time I checked, athletic housing was a step above regular housing, meals and training tables were very generous, and tutoring was free and easily obtained. What else is there that people want to pay athletes?

  17. auburnalfred says: Jun 2, 2011 8:44 AM

    I Notice Chizik didn’t like the idea. Since AU already pays players it would only make AU weaker

  18. smokehouse56 says: Jun 2, 2011 9:02 AM

    Now they want street money AND a $200,000 scholarship? One or the other, not both. I have paid more money to universities than I care to remember, including payments for my wife and three kids. So now you want to pay some chicken shit black or white football player so he can buy bling, ink and a car plus a cell phone, IPod, etc. We all know most, not all, but most, will waste that precious scholarship.

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