Swinney Against Paying Players

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By Sara Jane Harris

CLEMSON, S.C. (WOLO) -- Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney doesn't believe college athletes should be paid.

"Absolutely not. I went to school on loans and Pell Grants. When I got out of school I owed $32,000 after I eventually got put on scholarship. So I am against professionalizing college athletics. We have that, it's called the NFL, arena league, CFL. To me, college athletics are a privilege." said Swinney.

While Swinney is against paying his players, he is in favor of enhancing their scholarships.

"The scholarships haven't changed. They are exactly the same as when I was in school. But gas is higher, movies, dates, and clothes are more expensive. The world has changed, but it hasn't been reflected in the scholarships, and I think that's wrong," said Swinney.

Swinney's view differs widely from that of rival head coach Steve Spurrier.

The Gamecock head football coach believes players should be paid to play.

Spurrier and the other SEC coaches believe their 70-member travel squads should be paid $300 for each game of the season.

"Just to have a little bit of pocket money and their parents to have money to come to the games," said Spurrier.
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