Doyel: Time To Pay College Football Players
By Gregg Doyel-
(CBS) In 1950 Bud Wilkinson earned $15,000 to coach Oklahoma football. The Sooners played at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, with most of its 56,000 seats available for less than $5. Players were given scholarships.
In 1971 Barry Switzer earned $35,000 to coach the Sooners. Oklahoma Memorial had grown to 62,000. Players were given scholarships.
In 1988 Switzer was bought out. He was making $88,000. The stadium seated 75,000. Players were given scholarships.
This year Bob Stoops will earn $4.55 million to coach in a stadium that has undergone $125 million in renovations in 1998 and now seats 82,112. Tickets are available online for Oklahoma’s next home game, against TCU on Oct. 5. Two seats near the 40-yard line, about 30 rows up, are available for $650 on Stubhub.com.
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