Friday, September 20, 2013
ATH: Pay college players, Peterson says
By Ben Goessling
Welcome to Around the Horns, our daily look at what's happening on the Vikings beat:
Good morning, and apologies for getting this to you later than usual -- it's been a chaotic morning at Around the Horns headquarters, but we're back on track and ready to serve you now.
Anyway, the top headline of the day comes from Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who talked to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson about the ever-present issue of whether college players should be paid. Put the fomer Oklahoma running back and Heisman Trophy runner-up among the group that says yes.
"I definitely think they should be paid a little more -- some sort of monthly payment. Increase the stipend by $1,500 or $1,600," Peterson said. "Even more than that. (College football programs) make so much money, why not? Give guys something to look forward to."
It seems from Peterson's answer like he's talking about $1,500 or $1,600 a month more, not a one-time bump in that amount. That total would likely add a six-figure monthly bill to athletic departments, and there are many more nuanced models for paying college players than we're prepared to discuss here. The story includes opinions from a number of Vikings players, though, including punter Jeff Locke, who worked on the issue of athlete compensation as part of a college sports advocacy group when he was at UCLA.
The Vikings' turnaround on Sunday -- from returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown to letting Devin Hester almost do the same thing on the next kickoff -- left special teams coordinator Mike Priefer "feeling awful," Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press writes.