Spurrier: College players should be paid

By Logan Smith - bio | email

DESTIN, FL (WIS) - University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier believes college athletes deserve to be paid, and says several other Southeastern Conference coaches agree.

Spurrier proposed on Wednesday at the SEC's spring meetings to allow coaches to pay each player $300 per game -- out of the coach's own pocket -- to cover game expenses.

SEC coaches from Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU and Tennessee have signed onto Spurrier's proposal, the head ball coach said.

"I doubt it will get passed, but as the coaches in the SEC we make all the money as do the universities with television," Spurrier told CBS' Brett McMurphy. "We need to give more to our players. That was something we need to get out there."

SEC coaches from Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Auburn -- which is the subject of a NCAA pay-for-play investigation involving quarterback Cam Newton -- did not sign the proposal. Spurrier called out the opposing coaches by name.

Spurrier acknowledged that the plan probably won't get very far in the SEC or NCAA realms, but it could open the door for future dialogue on the issue of sharing millions in college football revenue with the guys who really make it happen. "I just wish there was a way to give our players a little bit piece of the pie," Spurrier told McMurphy.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said he doesn't think Spurrier's proposal will pass, but called it a "generous gesture."

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