Former Ole Miss wide receiver Mike Wallace used figures from national title bonuses due to Alabama coaches to make an interesting point.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared Crimson Tide coaches will receive $1.27 million in bonuses after Alabama beat Georgia in overtime in the National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Shortly after, Wallace wrote that “yet players get nothing,” and he relayed a memory of wondering where his next meal would come from as a student. In a later message, Wallace mentioned the scholarship check isn’t enough to support a student-athlete’s lifestyle after bills are paid.
Check out his complete thought below:
You can understand Wallace’s point of view. College football has become a huge, lucrative business. You only need to look at the huge TV rating ESPN received for the National Championship Game to understand how many eyeballs are willing to watch the sport. That means big dollars for many people involved beyond the players on the field.
Of course, Wallace went on to be selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver has 8,072 yards receiving during his professional career, so he has seen his hard work pay off. But not everyone follows the same path and benefits from college football’s interest.
Still, it’s hard to see the pay structure for players changing soon. Wallace likely isn’t the only current or former college football player who would like to see the landscape altered in a dramatic way.