It must be stated that Stoops takes home an annual salary of nearly $5 million for coaching players that take home an annual salary of $0. But Stoops is perfectly fine with this fact. And even contends that college athletes shouldn’t be paid a stipend or get a cut of all the money that the NCAA is raking in on their backs.
But I can’t do Stoops’ stance justice, so I’ll just let him explain.
“I tell my guys all the time,” Stoops says, “you’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money.”
Now that’s sympathy for you. But it gets better.
“You know what school would cost here for non-state guy? Over $200,000 for room, board and everything else,” Stoops said. “That’s a lot of money. Ask the kids who have to pay it back over 10-15 years with student loans. You get room and board, and we’ll give you the best nutritionist, the best strength coach to develop you, the best tutors to help you academically, and coaches to teach you and help you develop. How much do you think it would cost to hire a personal trainer and tutor for 4-5 years?
“I don’t get why people say these guys don’t get paid. It’s simple, they are paid quite often, quite a bit and quite handsomely.”
Yes, $200,000 IS a lot of money. But the millions of dollars a season that Oklahoma is making from football alone is a lot of money as well. So who’s getting screwed here? It’s certainly not Oklahoma.
But if that point wasn’t insane enough, Stoops then insinuates that many of his players wouldn’t even be in college if it weren’t for money grubbing football programs who makes them participate in their $200,000 academia scam.
“A lot of our guys wouldn’t be here if they were like every other student,” Stoops says. “I hear what they’re being fed on the outside. Sometimes we have to feed them some perspective.”
That perspective? Let us make money off of while you go through the “process”.
“I’ve always said college is more about proving you can make it on your own,” Stoops said. “Proving you can go through the process and come out on top and be ready for the world. The typical student here leaves our university and has a boatload of student loans to pay back. Our players leave not owing a dime to anyone.”