Ed Orgeron got an extra $500K for winning the national title, which is kinda ridiculous
This is the Morning Win, by Andy Nesbitt.
I'm an Ed Orgeron guy. Love his passion. Love his story of leading his home state team to a national title, especially after USC didn't feel like he was worthy of coaching the Trojans. And I especially love his voice.
Coach O is great. A legend. A true "football guy."
Here's one thing that rubs me the wrong way, though: the coach picked up a nice $500,000 bonus for winning the national championship with a 42-25 victory over the Clemson Tigers on Monday night. That goes on top of the $1.25 million he made this year in salary and performances.
Sure, it's great for a guy who works lots of hours and does everything he can to make sure his program is able to contend for a national championship. His agent was able to get him a good deal and Coach O. made it happen. This is nothing against Coach O. Again, he's great.
But it's just gross that the players still get nothing for what they did to make LSU a national champion.
Oh, and poor Dabo Swinney missed out on a little $250,000 bonus that he would have gotten if Clemson won. That would have been on top of the $9.3 million he made this year.
I know this topic isn't new and I know some of you are probably yelling about how the players don't deserve any money because they are already getting a free education.
Well, that argument continues to ring hollow for me and just about anyone who can look at this situation with any type of logic. College football players help bring in so much money into their schools by what they do on the field and in return they get basically scraps.
There has to come a time where smart financial people are able to figure out a way to make it so that college athletes get paid for their worth. It just has to happen.
I tweeted about this Monday night and a few people yelled at me about how these kids should be happy just to have the chance to play big-time college football, which is nice, sure.
But seeing these coaches rake in all of these big bonuses because of what these kids put on the line for them is just hard to swallow. These players put their careers on the line every time they take the field (for free) and get very little back considering the numbers they bring in. An education is nice, but you're fooling yourself if you don't think they should get some cash in their pockets, too.
Hopefully this all changes someday because watching everyone around the players get rich off these games is pretty tough to watch week in and week out.
Unless, of course, you're one of those people getting rich.
Then you love it.
Monday's biggest winner: Joe Burrow.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The soon-to-be No 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft finished his brief career at LSU by breaking a number of records in the Tigers' win over Clemson in a thrilling national championship game. The Heisman Trophy winner looks ready to play on Sundays right away next season with most likely the Cincinnati Bengals.
Quick hits: Sleepy Zion… Marchand's whiff… Smiling Saban… And more!
– It sure looked like Zion Williamson almost fell asleep on the bench during the Pelicans-Pistons game Monday night.
– Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand had the worst penalty shootout "attempt" that you'll ever see and it cost his team dearly.
– Nick Saban tried his best to enjoy an awkward moment during Monday's pregame show on ESPN.
– Davante Adams shut down Seahawks fans complaining about the Packers' controversial first down at the end of Sunday's game.
– Danica Patrick is 'Feelin it' as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers advance to the NFC title game.
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