When it comes to the topic of pay for play in college sports, Willie Taggart is on board, but with a twist.
At the ACC spring meetings on Tuesday, the new Florida State football coach sounded off on the subject of compensating student athletes.
Taggart is an advocating of student athletes getting paid. However, he wants the money to be issued after the student athletes have graduated from school in order to motivate them to complete their education and provide them with a financial start up as the foundation for their future.
“Should they get paid? Sure. But I think there should be some trust fund for [players] to get paid. It really bothers me, we always talk about paying players, but I think we all know as adults when they need it the most is when they graduate and getting ready to start their life. They don’t need it in school. Not everybody is going to the NFL. Not everybody gets jobs once they get out. So to have a little fund for them to start their lives out is the best thing,” Taggart said in a quote obtained the Orlando Sentinel. “But I think they need to graduate in order to get that fund. That solves a lot of issues. I guarantee that entices a lot of guys to graduate, and you can probably eliminate the APR after that.”
The topic arose when Taggart was asked about players possibly getting paid from the NCAA due to the potential profits that could be coming after the Supreme Court opened the door for legalized betting on Monday.
“I don’t think they necessarily need to do that to pay players. I guess when you get more revenue, you have more money to pay them,” Taggart said to the Orlando Sentinel. “If you do it or not, that’s totally different.”
Regardless of that, Taggart believes the main focus is providing the student athletes with an asset towards becoming self-sufficient.
“We need to think about helping them when they get out of college. Not while they’re in college and we’re taking care of them. They’ve been taken care of all their life. Once they get out of school, nobody takes care of them. That’s when most of the kids get themselves in trouble. Or they’re not moving forward in life because of that,” Taggart said to the Orlando Sentinel. “I think we all know that and see that, but I guess that’s too easy to do. To me, that’s the right thing to do. But they have to graduate. Everybody’s talking about pay, pay, pay. Nobody’s talking about graduate anymore.”
This is a nuanced subject that will continue to be heavily debated. But Taggart’s argument is definitely worthy of being included in the discussion.