Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim: Paying players “really the most idiotic suggestion of all time”
There have been many opinions on the subject of should college athletes get paid while they are in school or maintain their amateur status.
On Wednesday afternoon, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim let loose with his opinion on the matter. Hint: He isn’t in favor of it.
“That’s really the most idiotic suggestion of all time. Jay Bilas has pushed it a little bit. And I respect Jay a lot. I think you have to understand something. It’s really very clear. This is really clear,” Boeheim said, via Syracuse The Post-Standard.
“I laughed all the time at Chris Webber, who said he didn’t get any money at Michigan because they sold his uniform and the school got all this money and he didn’t get a penny. He didn’t then say that because of the platform he had at Michigan where he made All-American and they went to the Final Four and that he ended up signing a pro contract and ended up making over $100 million playing basketball. Which is what the great players do, and those are the uniforms that sell in college.
Boeheim said that his players at Syracuse get everything they need to succeed.
“Our players get a $50,000 education. Some of them use Syracuse to develop their game, get the publicity they need, become a first-round pick and make money from basketball. Some of them like me get the scholarship, get the grades, get their education, get the chance to play basketball and then get to start life without any debt.