Leave it to Steve Spurrier to continue to stump for ideas that either 1) have zero chance of being adopted or 2) are downright awful.
(Don’t get crazy, South Carolina fans. We love him for it.)
Though scheduling and playoff formats have been dominating this year’s SEC spring meetings, the South Carolina coach told Scott Hood of GamecockCentral.com that he, along with the 13 other conference coaches, “voted unanimously” Tuesday to give athletes $300 per game for “game-related expenses.”
Spurrier was one of seven SEC coaches last summer to support giving athletes a $300 game-day stipend out of their own pockets. Within a year, the number in favor of the idea (minus the detail that takes the money directly from the coach’s checking account) has now doubled to a unanimous vote.
Which is cool and all… it just doesn’t mean anything. There is simply no way — none, zilch, nada — this idea passes by ADs and presidents despite the fact that SEC commissioner Mike Slive said (again) this week he supports adding upward of $2,000 to the value of an athletic scholarship.
The legislation for that additional stipend is currently under further review by the NCAA.
But give credit where it’s due. Spurrier has been sticking to his guns on the subject, despite what anyone else has to say.