You know it’s cold when the mountains are blue.
With the SEC Spring Meetings over, a lot more came out of it than we’re used to seeing. From the league consolidation, to football coaches battle with over-signing, to paying players, it made more headlines than normal. But that’s a good thing, because if you aren’t trying to make things better, you aren’t really trying.
To me, though, the most interesting dialog was the one opened with regards to paying players. I don’t think that Steve Spurrier expected his plan to be approved and *poof* college athletics is no longer an amateur sport. But I do think he intended for it to open a discussion, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do with it.
Spurrier’s plan proposed that a certain number of players per team (70, to be exact) would receive $300 for every game they played in. The money would – under Spurriers plan – come from the salary of the head coach. Maybe not the perfect solution, but it’s better than increasing ticket prices.
Frankly $300 a game seems a little low for some of these players. Take a Tim Tebow, for instance, that brought in millions of dollars to Florida. If Florida makes it to the SEC championship game, and then a bowl game, that is 14 opportunities to get paid. Tebow would have made $4,200 for the season. That’s certainly not chump change, but it is far from what his actual value was. Of course if you were the second string Left Guard for Vanderbilt $4,200 is mighty generous.
So let’s start that conversation. Should players get a cut of what they bring in for the university? Should all players receive the same flat rate amount of money? Or are full athletic scholarships payment enough on their own?