Complex- While there are people arguing on both sides of the issue, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier revealed yesterday that, not only are the teams in the SEC Conference onboard with the idea of paying their players, but they also have a dollar amount already in mind. While addressing the media day crowd, Spurrier said that all the SEC coaches are willing to commit $280,000 for the cause. A sum that Spurrier admits “is tiny compared to the money that’s coming in now.” When broken down, each athlete would receive a “little bit,” or around $3,600, which would allow them to have some pocket change to utilize however they see fit. Spurrier also pointed out that he will continue to fight for his players until “President Obama would say, ‘Spurrier, you and those coaches need to quit fighting for your players, that they get enough, they get enough full scholarship,’ then I’ll shut up about it.” So, there’s that.
So Steve “God” Spurrier wants to play SEC players $300 a week and even though in the past I’ve never been big on paying college athletes, this is one of the more reasonable proposals I’ve seen. It’s not an outrageous amount of money but just enough where coaches don’t have to put up with athletes getting distracted by unimportant things like jobs, plus every player gets the same amount and it’s more than enough to cover all your alcohol, weed and snapback expenses for the week. I might be a little more sympathetic if it wasn’t for things like a full scholarship, all the clothes you need, free food and housing, national media attention, red carpet treatment on and off campus, free swag from bowls and championships games and the fact that every football player seems to have a pair of Beats connected to his iPad, but it’s not my money so what do I care? Now all we need is for every single D1 program to have the financial flexibility of the SEC and we’ll be golden.