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Jay Paterno: Basically, our out-of-state players make $83.25 per hour

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno believes that college athletes do not deserve anything on top of what they already receive.

Adamant about his stance, Paterno went to the notepad and has since published his thoughts on StateCollege.com

It’s a pretty interesting stance, one that is quite different than Steve Spurrier’s thought process.

Paterno writes, “Let me start the argument by making a proposal to parents and students alike. I am going to ask you to work no more than 20 hours a week for 21 weeks – with at least one mandatory day off every week. For another 23 weeks you'll work no more than eight hours a week. You'll get eight weeks off. (These are all NCAA-mandated time limits).”

“You will receive fall, spring and both summer sessions of education, plus room, board and all fees paid. For the 604 hours you put in, you'll get an education valued at $33,976 in state and $50,286 out of state (using last year's numbers from Penn State, the latest available). Keep in mind that number does not include several hundred dollars per semester for books and supplies, which are covered under the NCAA scholarship.”

“At those rates, the student-athlete on full scholarship to Penn State will earn $56.25 per hour if he is an in-state student and $83.25 per hour if he is an out-of-state student.”

To Paterno, the cheating and illegal extra benefits are not going away.

“The problem is what society sells to big-time athletes and their families. Society sells lights, camera, the NFL or NBA.”

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