Spurrier and SEC Vote Notre Dame Football to the ACC


In an article in USA TODAY, Notre Dame football was voted into the ACC by all fourteen of the Southeastern Conference coaches. The vote means nothing, but it does address the question of why Notre Dame while remaining independent carries as much weight as each conference in Bowl Championship Series discussions. During the SEC media day,

Spurrier gave the news media insight into a conversation all 14 SEC football coaches had during meetings in May in Destin, Fla. He described a scene in which they were chatting with Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock, talking about the four-team playoff and how it was going to work out.

Per Spurrier, Hancock said details were being discussed among BCS conference commissioners and (the) Notre Dame's athletics director.

Jack Swarbrick's name gave the coaches pause.

"Somebody said, 'Why should he be there?'" Spurrier said. "He's equal with the commissioners. Nobody had a good answer except that's the way it's always been done."

The conversation referenced above led to a vote by the SEC coaches on what should happen to Notre Dame, and the vote was that ND should go to the Atlantic Coast conference.


Spurrier also discussed paying players during the SEC media day. Spurrier's suggested

amount was "about $300 a game, and basketball would be a little less...." Over the course of the year, players would receive between $3,600 and $3,900, depending on how many games were played.

To some it seems like a good idea; however, only a small number of schools have athletic departments which "run in the black", and what about paying all athletes? Title nine is going to require women student athletes to be paid if a school decides to pay football and men's basketball players. Further one has to ask "what about baseball players"? Considering that State's baseball team brought much exposure to State this past spring, failing to pay baseball players seems almost unfair if football and men's basketball players are paid. Also, once payers are paid, it's almost a certainty that star players will want more money and a players' union will be formed. Additionally, will gifts to athletic clubs remain tax exempt seeing that the money will go to paying players?

Paying players is a real sticky matter. There are so many issues to be discussed and settled upon that paying players in the near future is not a given.

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