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Now truth be told, I'm an SEC guy. I like Steve Spurrier, one of the best college football coaches of all time. They should erect a statue of the "Ol Ball Coach" at Duke, Florida and South Carolina for turning these once sadsack programs into BCS modern day touchdown universities.
Well, maybe not Duke.
If you have ever watched Steve's mannerisms on the sideline, you would know that he his about as stable as a fart in a hurricane during games. This alone would qualify him for diva status. BUT...
...Spurrier this week though did the unthinkable. He actually suggested that players be paid. Not with salt, like most other SEC Roman Legions of oversigned players, but with actual money.Three hundred dollars per game to be exact. Six sold pints of blood for the average college student. At this week's SEC Meetings in Destin, FL, Steve broke it down for the common man:
"A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it we would be willing to pay 70 guys 300 bucks a game, That's only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as the coaches in the SEC we make all the money as do the universities with television [deals]. And we need to give more to our players. That was something we need to get out there."
Steve, are you really serious or is the guilt from your $2.8 million salary getting to you? Slight problem one: Title IX. Slight problem two: Ray Tanner, who actually won a national title with the USC baseball team last year, is making just over $510,000. Ray and other coaches at USC won't be paying players money, because they can't afford it.
I'm fully convinced if you started paying players, George Rogers and Steve Tanneyhill would be lining up at your door for veterans pay. Last weeks' non-sense in Destin leads me to believe that the SEC is on the brink of succession from the BCS. You know it's been 150 years since Fort Sumter...