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College football roundup: Spurrier raises player stipend issue again

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South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier is again bringing up his idea to increase the stipend for college players.

"We're trying to get extra money for living expense, academic expense, game-related expense to our players because of the tremendous amount of money -- billions -- they're bringing (in)," Spurrier told reporters Wednesday at the SEC spring meetings.

Spurrier said he proposed increasing the amount from the current $2,000 to "approximately $3,500 to $4,000" a year to cover most college expenses for football players and other athletes in revenue-producing sports, such as men's basketball.

"We as coaches believe they're entitled to a little more than room, books, board and tuition," Spurrier told reporters. "Again, we as coaches would be willing to pay it if they were to approve it to where our guys could get approximately get three-, four-thousand bucks a year. It wouldn't be that much, but enough to allow them to live like normal student-athletes. We think they need more and deserve more. It's as simple as that."

Spurrier's proposal would be difficult to implement, including Title IX implications and the fact that not every school nationally would be able to pay the same amount. In addition, football and basketball couldn't be the only paying sports. A national play for all collegiate sports would have to be implemented.

---Jury selection in the child sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky could begin next week, after the former Penn State defensive coordinator's lawyer lost another bid to delay the proceedings.

A hearing on Wednesday focused on the evidence regarding "Victim 8," a young man who was reportedly seen by a janitor being molested by Sandusky more than 10 years ago. Because the janitor, Jim Calhoun, has dementia and can't testify, prosecutors want to call co-workers who would recount what Calhoun told them.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts for alleged abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period, charges he has repeatedly denied.

--- Ohio State has decided to cancel a home-and-home series with Georgia, citing a conflct with the Big Ten/Pac 12 scheduling partnership, which is set to begin in 2017.

The Buckeyes have backed out of an agreement to play the Bulldogs in 2020 and 2021, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told reporters Thursday at the SEC spring meetings.

The schools had only an agreement, not a contract, for those 2020 and 2021 games.
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