It’s a tale as old as time. When anyone involved with collegiate athletics gets a pay raise, people will immediately jump on the “but what about the players” bandwagon.
And 99 times out of 100 I agree largely with what that group is saying.
This is not one of those instances.
The internet is angry because Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney agreed to a 10 year, $92 Million dollar contract.
While yes, coaches make very high salaries to begin with, and this one is the largest in NCAA history, it’s simply market value for Swinney’s services.
The man is arguably the best coach in the country right now, based on this year’s title game, I’m not sure if it’s even arguable at this point. Therefore, shouldn’t he be the highest paid coach in the country? And if coaches are constantly getting paid more and more, as are basically everyone in sports BESIDES college athletes, shouldn’t this be the most logical move for Swinney and Clemson.
The short answer is yes.
If you’re the best in your field, shouldn’t you have the salary to match?
My main point isn’t that Dabo is profiting more off amateurism, it’s that people need to stop picking instances like this as the basis of their “Pay the players!!” argument.
The argument isn’t that coaches, who spend an inordinate amount of time preparing, recruiting, and actually coaching these college athletes, should be paid LESS.
It’s to pay the players MORE.
If you want to sit here and say that kids shouldn’t be properly compensated for bringing in Millions to their school, then, by all means, go ahead.
But if you think that athletes SHOULD be paid, and that the entire argument of “amateurism” is a shrouded way of making NCAA and collegiate athletics’ big-wigs richer as a whole, then come on out and say it! I won’t judge!!
But please PLEASE stop with the bashing of a coach for taking what he’s valued at. I understand a lot of people don’t like Dabo because he claims to support keeping the athletes as amateurs, but to be honest, wouldn’t he want to say whatever it takes to keep the people who write his checks happy?! And they’re the ones who actually profit off of the athletes with zero connection to them aside from the University where they come to work every day.
I have no doubt that Dabo Swinney would support his kids getting a fraction of the money related to the revenue they bring in from their play on the field. And if you don’t think that Dabo can make $9 Mil a year, and there wouldn’t be any money left over to be put into those kids’ pockets, it’s been reported that in 2017, Clemson football brought in over $45 Million in revenue.
Before they won 2 titles in 3 years.
As Jay Bilas says…