Joker Phillips is having none of the argument that players should get a $2000 "stipend" to help cover the cost of attendance. From his comments today during SEC Media Days:
"I would like to put money aside for retirement for them. But I am not one that wants to give $2,000 more and now a player will have four body tattoos and two bulldogs. I would love to see the money put aside for retirement or something."
Well, that comment is certainly not going to gain him a whole lot of love from players who want to purchase extra body art and scary doggies to show off to their posse and all the pretty girls.
While I find myself happily nodding my head at Joker's comments, the truth of the matter is that most coaches, conscious of trying to avoid any comments that might run recruits off, are not going to join Phillips in that sentiment whether they actually agree with it or not. But I do find Phillips' candor refreshing, even if I question it's utility when shouted from a megaphone like the SEC Media Days.