I’m beginning to wonder if Steve Spurrier is running his mouth just to play to his audience. Yesterday, he pitched the idea, as he did last year, about pay to play. But he’s upped the ante considerably.
At the top of that list is outspoken South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who again suggested the SEC’s 14 coaches could pay players—out of their own pockets—an annual stipend for expenses not covered by a scholarship.
A nice thought in theory, until you dig down and realize that the NCAA membership last year voted down a proposal that would give players an extra $2,000 per year to supplement full cost of attendance.
Spurrier wants to pay them $4,000.
Matt Hayes called him on his BS… and Spurrier folded.
So after he trotted out his idea, after he spoke at length about helping out players—after he said he got his first job at Duke in 1987 making $75,000 and players today get the same now as they did then while he and other coaches now make millions—I asked Spurrier if his plan to pay players included all 85 scholarship players.
“Well, that’s where it gets a little tricky,” he said.