Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ol' Ball Coach offers to be the Pay Window

USC coach Steve Spurrier is willing to spend money and name names.

He set the SEC meetings all atwitter by proposing that football players receive $300 a game for expenses. Here's Atlanta's version.

That's $3,600 a player for 12 regular-season games. For an entire squad -- 8X8...carry the three... salt and pepper to taste -- the price tag comes to about $300,000.

To which the Gamecock coach says, Chicken feed!

Not only did Spurrier propose picking up the bill himself -- he says he and other coaches at big football schools can easily afford it -- he waved around a piece of paper that purportedly held the names of other SEC coaches who support his idea. Among the signees: Messrs. Saban, Muschamp, Petrino and Miles.

That immediately put those who did not sign on on the clear defensive. Witness coach Mark Richt's blatant Wallenda to appease all sides.

Some athletic directors immediately poo-poo'd Spurrier's proposal. But we have not heard the last of this. The Big Dog conference in college sports has broached the question that has been ignored too long by caretakers of "amateur" athletics.

As the Ol' Songwriter once put it, You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.



Anonymous said...


Ann Miller said...

Don't you guys promote other good SEC sports - 'Bama is ranked 2nd in Women's College Softball and playing in the Women's College World Series Championship Tourney.

Anonymous said...

Hey MG - With Saban's signature on this paper, and thus him being willing to throw money around, could you put in a call to him and ask him if he'd like to pay for the new air conditioner I need? I'd call Chizik myself, but he didn't sign. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:26 - You have a loss coming in October when the most recent national champs come calling. WAR EAGLE!

kg2112 said...

Hey J-the reason Chizik didn't sign off on the proposal for $300/game per player is it would mean his players have to take a pay cut!! And as far as your trip to Columbia in October, to borrow a quote from Bart Scott of the Jets "CANT WAIT"

Coulwoodwarlord said...

This just goes to show who the real big dogs in the SEC are ! Lets get real, you get the names of Spurrier, Saban and Miles on any proposal and it merits serious consideration !