Spurrier reveals plan to pay players
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:49:53 GMT — DESTIN, FL (WACH, AP) -- Steve Spurrier has a plan to pay players -- and it wouldn't cost schools or conferences a dime.
South Carolina's head ball coach offered an interesting yet far-from-feasible proposal Wednesday that would give 70 players $300 every game for expenses.
Former Gamecock Linebacker Corey Miller says the NCAA makes millions of dollars off these student athletes, he feels they should be compensated.
"They should at least deserve a part of the pie," adds Miller. "Jerseys are being sold, the players in part are being sold, why not give them a part of the pie?"
Spurrier acknowledged that the plan probably won't get very far at the SEC's annual meetings or in the NCAA realm, but it could open the door for future dialogue on the issue of sharing millions in college football revenue with the guys who really make it happen.
Some students at USC disagree.
"I'm from out of state, and I pay out of state tuition," said Samantha Schwartz. "It's hard for me to feel sympathy for them."
Spurrier, Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Will Muschamp, LSU's Les Miles, Mississippi's Houston Nutt, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and Tennessee's Derek Dooley signed the proposal. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive calls it a "generous gesture."
In other news from Destin, Spurrier says suspended quarterback Stephen Garcia is back on campus and working out with teammates.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)