Steve Spurrier will ‘keep yelling’ for NCAA athletes to be paid

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier watches from the stands during pro day in Columbia. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier watches from the stands during pro day in Columbia. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)

Typically, Steve Spurrier says what Steve Spurrier wants. The ‘Ol Ball Coach has always pushed the envelope and that hasn’t changed with the introduction of the new SEC Network, set to be officially announced on Thursday, May 2.

With the new network set to infiltrate everyone’s television in the South, thus bringing in even more revenue for the conference, Spurrier wonders aloud when the actual players are going to see a cut of any of it.

“As the commissioner and the presidents and the athletic directors all say, we are going to make a whole lot more money,” Spurrier told GoGamecocks.com, via Sports Illustrated. “My question is, ‘When are we going to start giving a little bit of it to the performers?’ Football and basketball players. It won’t do any good probably, but I’m going to still keep yelling for them. They bring in an awful lot of money for all of us.”

Every single one of the 14 coaches in the SEC is making at least $2.0 million in 2013, and it is not as if that number is set to go down anytime soon.

The new cable network is expected to bring roughly $10-14 million in added payouts per school in two years time, according to a USA Today report.

That’s a lot of cash, but as things stand at the moment, the young men and women the nation is paying to watch will not be seeing a dime of it.

That is exactly what The Ole’ Ball Coach wants to see changed, but will it happen? Let the debate continue.

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