Spurrier Suggests Pay for Play
The Ol' Ball Coach is at it again. At the SEC annual meetings in Destin, FL, Steve Spurrier proposed a Pay for Play system that coaches would finance to help players financially. The proposal would award each player $300 per game, and with 75 players on rosters, the total turns out to just under $300,000 per season. Spurrier's reasoning brings up the crazy money head football coaches and universities make due to television deals, and this system would help eliminate players from getting into trouble like the current mess in Columbus, OH. Seven out of 12 coaches have signed off on the proposal, including Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp. Although Spurrier expects the proposal to be shot down, he and other coaches are happy the subject is on the table for discussion and analyzation.
The main topic at the Destin meetings is the practice of oversigning. Currently, universities are allowed to sign up to 28 players per scholarship year, but SEC commissioner Mike Slive wants to cut the number down to 25. All 12 SEC football coaches voted unanimously against the proposal. Many coaches feel if the number goes down, it could hinder teams to fill out rosters with ample talent to compete in the SEC.
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