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Doug Marrone: Those are the people we should be helping, not the players

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone has a unique take on the issue of paying student-athletes.

To say the least, Marrone is on the opposite side of the spectrum than Steve Spurrier, who proposed paying student-athletes $300 per game.

Marrone told The Post-Standard, “I think the focus is so wrong when it’s put on the student-athletes.”

“It should be put on those people who can’t afford to go to school. Or on those people whose parents are working two and three jobs to send them to college. Or on those people who work and go to school part-time or full-time or through the summer. Or on those students behind the counter who are serving food to their peers or washing their peers’ dishes to pay for their education.”

“The question should be: How do we get them an opportunity? Those are the people we should be trying to help. Not the student-athletes because when you think about it, they have pretty good lives.”

“The fact is, at the end of the day scholarship athletes don’t have the kinds of financial difficulties that other students incur.”

Marrone is set to enter his third season as the head coach at Syracuse. The Orange has finished 4-8 and 8-5 in his first two seasons. Syracuse opens the 2011 season against Wake Forest, Rhode Island, and at USC.