Putting some extra cash in the pockets of players again was bounced around at the Southeastern Conference spring meetings Wednesday.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who proposed last year giving football players $300 a game, tried again.
“We’re trying to get extra money for living expense, academic expense, game-
related expense to our players because of the tremendous amount of money – billions – they’re bringing,” Spurrier said.
The NCAA in January delayed implementing a $2,000 expense allowance, but Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said fall signees from 2011 will be receiving $2,000 stipends for sports that offer full scholarships, including basketball.
“We think they need more and deserve more,” said Spurrier. “It’s as simple as that.”
Football coaches voted 14-0 in favor of that, but there is serious doubt whether paying players between $3,500-$4,000 for the entire year would fit into the college model.
PRO BOWL: After a promise from players that the game will be more competitive, the NFL will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu next Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl.
Commissioner Roger Goodell had made it clear canceling the all-star game was a possibility after the uninspired play of this year’s 59-41 AFC victory. After discussions between the league and the players’ union, the NFL announced that Aloha Stadium would play host to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year.
BOUNTY SCANDAL: An arbitrator met Wednesday with the NFL and the players’ union in a dispute over Goodell’s authority to punish players in the Saints bounties scandal.
The NFL Players Association has challenged Goodell’s power to impose penalties for what the league says was a bounties program that targeted specific players.
The union has asked arbitrator Stephen Burbank to decide if the players should be punished for the system. It also has asked that Burbank, not Goodell, hear appeals by the four players: current Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, suspended for the 2012 season, and defensive end Will Smith (four games); Green Bay DE Anthony Hargrove (eight games); and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita (three games).
VIKINGS: Cornerback Asher Allen, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2009, has retired.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Allen came into his office last week and told Frazier of his decision. Allen started nine games last year, but missed some time because of a concussion and a shoulder injury. Frazier says the decision was not related to injuries.
• Percy Harvin says his surgically repaired shoulder “feels great” and he hopes to join the team for optional practices as soon as next week.