(USA Today Sports Images)The pay-for-play issue is a touchy one. We think the current system is outdated and almost completely favors the schools, who have made zero qualms about chasing every penny for themselves. That problem gets worse every year. But we do see both sides of the pay-for-play argument.
Bob Stoops does not. In an interview with The Sporting News, the Oklahoma coach blasts the idea of paying college football players.
“I tell my guys all the time,” Stoops told TSN, “you’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money.”
Before we move on to the rest of his comments, here are a few interesting facts about Bob Stoops, all from the Tulsa World. His bonuses in the past year include $71,500 for playing in a non-BCS bowl (which Oklahoma lost), $55,000 for finishing in the Top 15 of the Bowl Championship Series standings and $88,000 for winning at least a share the Big 12 championship. That's $214,500 in bonuses alone. His salary escalated $200,000 on Jan. 1, as it does every year, and on June 1 he gets a $700,000 "stay bonus." The extension he signed in 2011 was for eight years and $39.4 million. He'll make $4.55 million in 2013.
Stoops, who stands on the sideline and watches his players collide against the opponent in a violent way every Saturday during the fall, says the $29,924.50 per year for out of state tuition, room and board and books is more than enough for the players. Stoops, whose biggest physical threat is pulling a hamstring while he jogs out on the field every Saturday, has a salary that pays him roughly $24,931.50 every two days, or a stone's throw from the value of what each of his players gets over a full year. His $700,000 bonus that he gets simply for not leaving Oklahoma is more than the value of what 23 of his players – basically his starting offense, defense with one guy left over to come off the bench – receive for a full year.
OK, now back to Stoops' rant to Sporting News about how college athletes shouldn't be paid.
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