Leave it to Steve Spurrier, "The Ole Ball Coach," to figure out how to pay college athletes. Spurrier has unveiled a plan that will pay college athletes $300 per game. That is a lot of money when you consider at home games teams dress as many as 100 players. I know what you are thinking, that is a lot of money for schools to dish out, and you are right. However, Spurrier isn’t spending any more of the schools money; he is doing it with his own.
Spurrier’s proposal states that coaches use their incentive or bonus contract money from sponsors like Nike and Adidas which in most cases is millions, and pay college athletes on a per game basis. This roughly comes out to about $300 thousand dollars a season for those coaches. That is not a lot of money considering these coaches get around 1.5 to 2 million dollars from these sponsors as well as their own personal coaching salaries.
Six of his fellow SEC coaches signed on to support Spurrier's idea. Some who didn't agree said they were afraid a proposal that wouldn't pass might damage the chances of passing legislation for full-cost scholarships, which they support.
I guess the only issue now is how you pay other sports. Volleyball doesn’t generate the same amount of revenue as college football. Volleyball coaches don’t get the same bonuses as football and basketball coaches. This becomes a Title IX issue and will probably handicap the idea going further. I would like to see some form of this instituted.
Maybe they can institute a pay for play scenario for conference games only. That would help some. Then you have the smaller schools. They aren’t reaping the rewards of the big sponsors and hefty coaches pay. Most of the mid major schools have head coaches that don’t make $300 thousand dollars themselves so that option isn’t on the table.
I like the idea, but it has to be worked out some. The NCAA needs to figure out a way to make it happen, but within reason. Otherwise, more violations are going to continue to occur. Especially since the NCAA is making a kings ransom off of the likeness of these players and institutions.