South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has gone on record before about his support for giving student-athletes a stipend, so naturally the ol’ ball coach took note of the development on Wednesday in Chicago. The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the College Athletes Players Association in deciding Northwestern football players should be considered employees of the university. The landmark decision helps the players union movement take the next step forward to forming an actual players union.
“I thought it was interesting,” Spurrier said of the ruling. “I think the Northwestern kids were just trying to show that they work for the university a little bit. They bring in a lot of money to the university. I think that’s what they’re trying to say.”
Spurrier is certainly receiving the message and believes the time for adapting may be here.
“I’ve advocated giving college football players and college basketball players a stipend,” Spurrier said. “Our commissioners and our presidents and our NCAA people talk about it but haven’t done anything at all yet, so we’ll see if they come up with a plan here real soon.”
The clock is ticking, some say.
At Clemson, Dabo Swinney agrees with the idea of a stipend, but says unionizing devalues an education.
Quotes provided by South Carolina Athletics.