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      Spurrier on unions: I hope it doesn't come to that

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - One day after a federal board ruled football players at Northwestern University have the right to unionize as employees of the school, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says he hopes more schools don't follow suit.

      Right now, the ruling only applies to private schools, but there is belief among many that the decision could have major ramifications for the NCAA's business model.

      Spurrier has long advocated for a stipend for both football and basketball players, but doesn't think unions are the way to go.

      "Our commissioners and our presidents and our NCAA people talk about it but haven't done anything at all yet, so we'll see if they come up with a plan here real soon," said Spurrier. "I think the Northwestern kids were just trying to show that they work for the university a little bit. They bring in a lot of money to the university. I think that's what they're trying to say. I see their point a little bit. I hope it doesn't come down to where all schools are forming unions. I hope that the NCAA, the BCS conferences especially, can afford to give a stipend."

      Some argue the National Labor Relations Board decision on Northwestern will force the NCAA to accelerate their review of the sanctioning body's current policies.

      Northwestern plans to appeal the board's ruling.