Steve Spurrier, one of the most famous college football coaches of all-time, was a college star himself. Spurrier played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a two time All-American and won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.
Currently, he is the coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, where they are the most successful they have been in school history. Spurrier advocates strongly that college athletes, especially in the big name programs and conferences, should be paid.
Spurrier came up with his own system. “A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it that we would be willing to pay it—70 guys, 300 bucks a game.” He goes on to say, “That’s only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as coaches in the SEC, we make all the money—as do universities, television — and we need to get more to our players.”
Spurrier, along with his fellow SEC coaches, went to the NCAA with this proposition in 2008, to no avail.
The NCAA denied this idea, claiming it is an unfair recruiting advantage over other conferences.
Spurrier, along with the other coaches that backed this idea, hoped that the other powerhouse conferences would follow in their footsteps and start paying their players an equal amount per game. This would make it so the athletes get some form of money for all the money they produce and would take away from the temptations from illegal income sources.