NCAA: Syracuse's Jim Boeheim Says Paying College Athletes 'Idiotic'

Syracuse Orange head basketball coach Jim Boeheim says paying college athletes is "idiotic."

Oct 2 2013, 11:15pm CDT | by

NCAA: Syracuse's Jim Boeheim Says Paying College Athletes 'Idiotic'
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Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim has a strong adjective when asked about the issue of college athletes getting paid.

Idiotic.

Boeheim spoke on Wednesday at an Associated Press meeting of New York newspaper editors and promptly spoke his mind.  

"That's really the most idiotic suggestion of all time. I don't believe players should be paid. I believe they are getting a tremendous opportunity.

One opportunity which Boeheim stressed is getting an expensive education for free. He cited the examples of former Michigan Wolverines Chris Webber, Juwan Howard and Rob Pelinka.

All three enjoyed successful careers -- Webber and Howard in the NBA while Pelinka as a sports agent. His most famous client is Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

The Orange head coach then elaborated on related benefits from the Syracuse side of things.

"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. 

"I just don't buy into it. I'm not against kids getting money. But the problem is you give the 12 basketball players $150, now you gotta give the field hockey players. 

"So now you're talking 150 athletes. One hundred fifty times $150 times eight. That's a lot of money."

Boeheim has been at the helm at Syracuse since 1976 and has compiled 920-314 (.746) record. 

He has guided the Orange to four Final Four appearances and the national title in 2003. 

 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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