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Spurrier Steals The Show In Destin

In the words of Champ Kind from “Anchorman”: “It jumped up a notch.”

Steve Spurrier’s “let’s pay the players out of our own pockets” proposal yesterday afternoon in Destin has grabbed the nation’s attention and poured quite a bit of accelerant on the debate over so-called “full cost scholarships.”

In an effort to catch you up on the reaction, here’s a taste of what’s out there:

Spurrier says he just wants “to get our guys that play football a little piece of the pie.”Ā  (Think he’ll point that out when recruiting?)

Les Miles says “the actual workings” of Spurrier’s plan are “flawed,” but he’s all for opening dialogue on the subject.

Kentucky’s John Calipari wonders how small schools can pay athletes and how a new cost-of-living bump would be distributed.

Mark Richt wasn’t in favor of Spurrier’s proposal, but “the spirit of wanting to get more financial help for our players is unanimous.”

Florida AD Jeremy Foley points out that money couldn’t be paid in one sport only and one conference — like the SEC — can’t simply make a switch like that on its own.

Mike Slive called Spurrier’s proposal a “generous gesture” but he knows it was simply a means of expressing support for full cost of attendance scholarships.

NCAA president Mark Emmert doesn’t want cash tied to games played or performance, but he is “eager to have a robust conversation about the full cost of attending college.”




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