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Richt Distances Himself From Spurrier’s Pay-For-Play Plan

On Wednesday, Mark Richt was among the six SEC football coaches who publicly gave support to Steve Spurrier’s off-the-wall proposal to pay college football players from the pockets of coaches.

But last night Richt put out an official statement through the University of Georgia clarifying his feelings and pointing out the flaws he sees in Spurrier’s proposal:

“I am all for providing more financial help for our players.  I’d even go so far as to say I’d be willing to help fund it if there is a way that’s possible.  I just don’t believe Coach Spurrier’s idea is feasible.

If we’re going to do something like this, we ahve to do it for all 125 guys, not just 70.  That would create all sorts of morale and chemistry problems.  Doesn’t everyone practice?  Can you imagine trying to decide a dress list knowing that you’d be cutting out 55 guys who are working just as hard every day?  Also, if we do this for football, I believe you have to do it for every sport across the board at every level of the NCAA.  This is much bigger than SEC football.

I’d prefer spending time talking about ideas that have a legitimate change of becoming reality.”



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