Football players are already paid and paid very well. The Cost of attendance per year at Clemson is $30k for in-state and $50k for out-of-state students.
85 full-scholarship football players at Clemson are currently making more than $30 to $50 per year in cash and in-kind payments for four to five years. That’s a pretty sweet gig for 18 to 23 year olds. And, they won’t have to deal with interest payments as they pay off their student loans.
There are at least 4 to 5 times (using very-very conservative calculations) as many guys on full scholarship as will work even one day as professional football players. Meanwhile entire sports continue to be dropped to pay outrageous salaries and expenses for football. Swinney’s salary could fund ten entire sports.