Spurrier: Players should be paid

DESTIN, Fla. — Steve Spurrier has a plan to pay football players — and it wouldn't cost schools or conferences a dime.

The South Carolina coach offered an interesting yet far-from-feasible proposal Wednesday that would give 70 players a $300 stipend every game.

Spurrier acknowledged that the plan probably won't get very far at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings or in the NCAA realm, 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.

Spurrier, Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Will Muschamp, Louisiana State's Les Miles, Mississippi's Houston Nutt, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and Tennessee's Derek Dooley signed the proposal.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive called it a "generous gesture."

"The bottom line was that they support, as coaches, the concept of full cost of attendance," said Slive, referring to other proposals nationally that would require schools to pay athletes cost-of-living expenses.

There weren't a lot of details in Spurrier's proposal, mostly just signatures on a piece of folded-up paper with a few typewritten paragraphs.

But Spurrier said football coaches, especially those in BCS conferences, are making enough to foot the bill. He said the players could use the extra cash to give to their parents for travel, lodging and meals, or they could take their girlfriends out for dinner.

"A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it that we would be willing to pay it — 70 guys, 300 bucks a game," Spurrier said. "That's only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed but, as coaches in the SEC, we make all the money — as do universities, television — and we need to get more to our players."