South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier wants to pay college athletes up to $4,000 a year on top of their scholarship.
(Image Source: WLTX ) BY BRIAN BONDUS ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT The NCAA is debating an SEC proposal that would allow colleges to pay athletes. One coach is on the pay the players side and is speaking out about it. WLTX has the details . “Head coach Steve Spurrier tells Gamecockscentral.com that he and the other 13 coaches unamiously voted to pay student athletes. Spurrier said he thinks student athletes should get more than room and board.” Spurrier brought the issue up last year too. The NCAA is currently debating whether to pay athletes $2,000 a year on top of their scholarship. Savannah Morning News quotes Spurrier on why he thinks the players deserve the money. “We’re trying to get extra money for living expense, academic expense, game-related expense to our players because of the tremendous amount of money — billions — they’re bringing.” Under Spurrier’s plan the money would only go to players in revenue generating sports. Spurrier and his fellow SEC coaches hope to be able to give players up to $4,000 a year. ESPN’s SEC blogger points out there are some problems with Spurrier’s plan. “There would be obvious Title IX implications, not every school nationally would be able to pay student-athletes as much, and football and basketball couldn't be the only sports to pay student-athletes. It would have to be a national plan and it would have to be a plan for all collegiate sports.” The proposal to pay athletes goes to the SEC’s athletic directors first. University presidents would then vote on it. An NBC Sports writer says this is fine and dandy, but... “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.” For now the schools can just wait for the NCAA’s decision.