Steve Spurrier, the visor-throwing coaching of the South Carolina Gamecocks (and former coach of the Florida Gators), expressed some controversial opinions during his podium time at the SEC media days event on Tuesday, the most surprising of which was his belief that college football players deserve stipends along with their scholarships.
According to CBS Sports, Spurrier believes that players should be earning $300 per game. Spurrier said the stipends would be a boon to players coming from low-income families and would allow them to pay for family members to travel to games. He also intimated that all of the 14 coaches in the SEC support the payment of players and that some coaches would be willing to pay the stipend out of their own pockets if their administrations deemed the compensation unaffordable.
Spurrier also spoke about Notre Dame’s status with the ACC. Currently Notre Dame plays five games against ACC opponents but is “independent” besides that, a situation the Spurrier said is unfair because it allows Notre Dame to effectively be its own conference.
[Source: CBS Sports]