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Phil Fulmer supports paying players: Guys can't go on dates

Add Philip Fulmer to the list of coaches that believe college players ought to be paid.

In fact, the former Tennessee head coach laughs at how much things have changed in the last decade.

Fulmer says, “A good numbers of years back, coaches were just not paid to the level that they’re paid now. There wasn’t that much money brought in outside of attendance, and that’s not the case now. A number of years ago it was a scholarship and $15 – for us, it was called laundry money. They’re on scholarships … but I’ve seen many, many difficult situations for the kids financially.”

“Guys can’t go on dates or can’t go to the movies, and they’re positions that are tough. They’re having to sacrifice a lot. Like their health. They’re only going to play so many years – [and] they should get as much out of it as they can.”

Fulmer, who has been out of coaching for two years, hopes to land another head coaching job next season.  He has said recently, however, that if the right job doesn’t come along, he will be at ease.




Jay Paterno: Basically, our out-of-state players make $83.25 per hour

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno believes that college athletes do not deserve anything on top of what they already receive.

Adamant about his stance, Paterno went to the notepad and has since published his thoughts on StateCollege.com

It’s a pretty interesting stance, one that is quite different than Steve Spurrier’s thought process.

Paterno writes, “Let me start the argument by making a proposal to parents and students alike. I am going to ask you to work no more than 20 hours a week for 21 weeks – with at least one mandatory day off every week. For another 23 weeks you'll work no more than eight hours a week. You'll get eight weeks off. (These are all NCAA-mandated time limits).”

“You will receive fall, spring and both summer sessions of education, plus room, board and all fees paid. For the 604 hours you put in, you'll get an education valued at $33,976 in state and $50,286 out of state (using last year's numbers from Penn State, the latest available). Keep in mind that number does not include several hundred dollars per semester for books and supplies, which are covered under the NCAA scholarship.”

“At those rates, the student-athlete on full scholarship to Penn State will earn $56.25 per hour if he is an in-state student and $83.25 per hour if he is an out-of-state student.”

To Paterno, the cheating and illegal extra benefits are not going away.

“The problem is what society sells to big-time athletes and their families. Society sells lights, camera, the NFL or NBA.”

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Wise move: Arizona AD Greg Bryne proactive, warns Arizona fans

In light of the unfortunate situation at Ohio State this week, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is being proactive.

In his weekly email to thousands of Arizona fans, Bryne warned Arizona supporters that it only takes one poor decision by a fan for something major to happen.

Bryne wrote:

We are one bad decision by a coach, employee, student-athlete and/or community member/fan from facing significant challenges that can damage our university and athletic program for many years to come.  

If you ever know of a situation where a student-athlete is receiving an extra benefit (something that the rest of the student body would not receive) please contact me.

At many schools, this story would never make news.  But Byrne is constantly in touch with the Arizona fans via twitter, facebook, weekly emails, and in-person appearances.  Because he understands the importance of social media, because he’s available and visible, the Arizona fans listen to his messages.

Check out this video that Byrne tweeted out during the middle of May:




Spurrier proposes $300 each per game for players

Today in Destin during the SEC meetings, Steve Spurrier proposed that college players should receive $300 per game.

Essentially, it would be for the travel squad or dress squad only. (The backup long-snapper will never have worked so hard to make the travel squad.)  

So any player that made the travel squad for each of the twelve regular-season games would end up getting an extra $3,600 for the fall semester.

Spurrier said, "A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it that we would be willing to pay it — 70 guys, 300 bucks a game.”

“That's only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as coaches in the SEC, we make all the money — as do universities, television — and we need to get more to our players.”

Saban, Muschamp, Les Miles, Houston Nutt, Dan Mullen, and Derek Dooley each signed the proposal.

Spurrier added, "We would like to make that happen. Probably won't, but we'd love to do it."

At the least, Spurrier’s proposal will start a healthy dialogue amongst coaches, athletic directors, and conference commissioners.

 

 




Jim Leavitt: I really think they'll put in on Notre Dame

We are three months away from the start of college football.

One of the marquee season-opening games will take place in South Bend when Notre Dame hosts South Florida.

During an interview this morning on WDAE 620 am in Tampa, former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt made an interesting prediction.

Leavitt said, "I really think they'll put it on Notre Dame."

Skip Holtz and Brian Kelly each enter their second season as head coach of the respective programs. Neither coaching staff had any assistant coaching turnover in the off-season.

Kick-off is set for 3:30 EST on NBC.

Sideline seats in between the 40’s will run you a minimum of $345 on StubHub, today.

UPDATE: Apparently, Skip Holtz and Bulls were up early this morning practicing their post-game celebration.




Dan Mullen: I told our fans 'That's not how it works'

It certainly helps when everyone is on board.

During the 2008 season, the last year under head coach Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State averaged 43,453 fans per home game.  The Bulldogs finished 4-8 and Dan Mullen was hired to replace Croom as the head coach.

In Mullen’s first year, the average home attendance climbed to 53,792.  One year later in 2010, the Bulldogs improved their game day atmosphere and increased the average home attendance to 54,999.

Mullen told ESPN’s Chris Low, “It’s amazing.  We came in they told us if you guys win, then we’re gonna sell tickets.”

“I said. ‘That’s now how it works.  If we fill the stadium and create an unbelievable atmosphere, then we are going to win.’  And they believed us.”

Mullen was true to his word, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-4 season last year including a Gator Bowl win over Michigan.

“We’ve done a great job of selling tickets and doing everything the right way.  The fan base has bought in to everything we are trying to do.”

“They now enjoy the atmosphere on Saturdays as much as anywhere in the country.  We are selling out of season-tickets again this year.  Hopefully, we’ll continue the streak of selling of the stadium for tenth straight time this season.”

The Bulldog’s home schedule this season includes LSU, LA Tech, South Carolina, UT-Martin, Alabama, and Ole Miss.




Glen Mason compares the dismissals of Tressel and Woody Hayes

Former Minnesota head coach Glen Mason was an assistant coach under Woody Hayes on the day the former Ohio State head coach clubbed a Clemson player during the 1978 Gator Bowl.

The punch would cost Hayes his job, in a matter of hours.

Mason also served as an assistant coach at Ohio State with Jim Tressel from 1983-1995.

During an interview with the Big Ten Network, Mason recalled the flight from Jacksonville to Columbus on that evening in 1978 and the shocking news that followed.

Mason said, “We landed in Columbus.  Literally, the TV trucks were out on the run way.  Before Coach Hayes got off the plane, he addressed the team in the usual manner.  He told them to drive home safe and get back to school on time and announced that he was no longer the football coach at Ohio State and would never coach again.  We were shocked.”

Unfortunately, Hayes and Tressel will be linked by the unfortunate situations that led to their dismissals as the Ohio State head football coach.

Listen to Mason’s comparison of the two coaches and their dismissals:




Saban: I should have made Muschamp my coordinator with the Dolphins

The 2003 LSU coaching staff under Nick Saban included Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher, and Derek Dooley as the coordinators.

When Saban left for the Dolphins, Muschamp and Dooley followed him, while Fisher remained at LSU to work under Les Miles for a year.

At the SEC meetings in Destin on Tuesday, Saban reflected back on a poor decision he made with the Dolphins, naming Dom Capers his defensive coordinator instead of Will Muschamp.

Saban admitted to the Gainesville Sun, “I just made a mistake. When I went to Miami as the Dolphins coach, I didn't want to put guys that were college coaches in coordinator positions until they'd coached in the league and got some experience.”

“I should have made Will the coordinator. Dom did a wonderful job, but Will probably deserved to get that job. It was me trying to protect him. I wanted to give him another year before he was out there.”

Instead, William Larry Muschamp carried the title of assistant head coach for defense.  Essentially, he coordinated the defense, but didn’t have the title.

“I was trying to protect people that were important to me. I don't think we have any issues or problems.”

In two seasons, the Dolphins finished 9-7 and 6-10 under Saban.

In case you are thirsty for some "Rip/Liz match" clinic tape (with Dolphins cut-ups) from Coach Saban, you can watch it below: