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.

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