Jul 26, 2013; Culver City, CA, USA; Stanford head coach David Shaw speaks to the media during PAC-12 media day held at the Sony Studios Lot. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal coach David Shaw not a fan of player stipends

Stanford Cardinal coach David Shaw was pretty direct when asked about his thoughts regarding player stipends, a topic that has gained a lot of momentum these past few months. Among the supporters of the let’s-pay-players idea is Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner, but the Stanford coach is a vocal proponent of the opposing side.

Here’s Shaw, speaking at the Pac-12′s media days event on Friday:

If the NCAA does pass this rule, we will comply, but my big comment is we’re also giving these guys a $58,000 per year education and unbelievable contacts and summer jobs and great opportunities as well, and it’s our job to make sure that these guys take advantage of these opportunities.


I like to say that our job is to teach these guys how to make a living and not have them make a living in college (CBS Sports).

Shaw continued:

If the rule changes, great, but I was a college student-athlete once. These kids aren’t starving. They’re already getting room, books, board. We always have to remember that they are still amateurs. Give someone a fish and you can feed him for a day, teach them how to catch a fish and you can feed him for a lifetime.


Throwing money at a problem isn’t solving a problem.

Shaw concluded by saying that the NCAA should focus on raising graduation rates as opposed to butting heads over whether players should be paid.

[Source: CBS Sports]

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  • jeff krasneu

    Coach Shaw, I am in total agreement. Raise the graduation rates; where the student-athlete is capable of making a living, while out of school; not in school. In the alternative, create some form of minor league football, where the athlete does not attend any school and gets paid to play. However, such an individual would not be eligible for any scholarships and/or fellowships.