University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier. (File/FOX Carolina)
DESTIN, FL (AP) -
Steve Spurrier is sticking with his plan to pay players.
South Carolina's outspoken coach first floated the idea at the Southeastern Conference's spring meetings last year. Fellow coaches and league administrators listened, but it made little, if any, progress.
He trotted out his stipend plan again this week and said Wednesday that football coaches voted 14-0 to present the proposal to league athletic directors.
He says SEC coaches are "trying to get extra money for living expense, academic expense, game-related expense to our players" because of the billions they are helping bring in.
Spurrier and his SEC colleagues would like to give football and men's basketball players "approximately $3,500 to $4,000" -- out of pocket -- for the entire year to cover expenses.
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