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South Carolina: Steve Spurrier Agrees with Advocacy Group Report on Player Value

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches on against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Adam GarrettAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2011

The idea about paying players has been a hot topic for years now.

Recently, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier offered up a plan at the SEC media days in June to pay players a stipend for each game of $300 dollars. He even said this money should come from the head coach's salary.

Spurrier's plan brought a lot of attention to the idea a few months ago and now he's back in the news again talking about the topic of paying players. Coach Spurrier was asked about a report on Tuesday that was put out by a national collegiate advocacy group that determined athletes values on the football field.

The premise behind the report is that if college sports shared their revenues the way pro sports do, the average Football Bowl Subdivision football player's fair market value would be worth $120,048 dollars per year. The report even mentioned that University of Texas football players would be worth $513,922.

"Of course, I think it's true," Spurrier said. "I mean, 20 years ago, 50 years ago, athletes got full scholarships. Television income was what, maybe $50,000? And now everybody's getting 14, 15 million bucks and they're still getting a scholarship." 

The report is called "The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport" and was written by Ramogi Huma and Drexel University professor Ellen J. Staurowsky. SEC commissioner Mike Slive mentioned back in June that the idea to give student-athletes a scholarship that covers more than just tuition, room and board.

This seems like a topic that will continue to be on the minds of the NCAA, though paying players doesn't appear to be on the horizon any time soon for college athletes. The good news, however, is that this topic will continue to be discussed and the opportunity for increased scholarship values seems like a real possibility.

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