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Steve Spurrier still supporting stipends for student-athletes

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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.

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9 Responses to “Steve Spurrier still supporting stipends for student-athletes”
  1. kplaya says: Mar 27, 2014 10:41 PM

    Ol ball coach just telling it like it is

  2. ytownjoe says: Mar 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    Yes, they do bring in millions. And the players have a right to have a voice in determining where the money goes. Without the players there is no game.

  3. doggeatdogg says: Mar 27, 2014 11:41 PM

    This has a ‘it’s too late too little feel.’ It’s a bandaid that won’t work because blood has been drawn, a lot. Short of a dissolution of school and sports, they better come up with something to offset that nasty union locomotive. Stipend for whom? It has to cover all athletes all sports both sexes. People think that Title IX and non revenue producing sports athletes won’t have a say.

    The NCAA is out of time. They need to set up a commission to study the problem and make recommendations before walking into federal court looking stupid and unprepared. I’m telling you, federal courts will not want to hear any piece meal programming.

  4. huskersrock1 says: Mar 28, 2014 12:44 AM

    1. Only 20-30 football programs make money.

    2. Title 9 States that if one class of athletes is paid they ALL must be paid.

    3. Football is the most expensive sport for most schools. So expect to see many programs close down.

    4. “Employed” students will be taxed on the value of their tuition and benefits. Get ready to eat Ramen football players.

  5. Professor Fate says: Mar 28, 2014 3:24 AM

    It’s a rare individual that makes a very good living in life and yet can still see when a situation is unfair and needs remedy, especially a situation in his own backyard. Good on ya, Steve.

  6. floridacock says: Mar 28, 2014 6:14 AM

    HBC means he would like to see the value of the scholarship include additional general funds for the athletes to be used as spending money. Employee of the University opens up a can of worms they do want to be involved in.

  7. benvincible says: Mar 28, 2014 9:00 AM

    Bottom line… Clemp-son sucks. Just sayin.

  8. jessejames182 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:54 AM

    Nepotism in companies when new graduates try to get hired, and building new stadiums with university donations instead of funneling them through academic programs devalues education. 4 year sports scholarships and guranteed scholarships if injured do not.

  9. onlyoneleft says: Mar 28, 2014 8:30 PM

    Slurrier needs to put the bottle down and really
    think about this.

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