SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim isn't on board with paying college athletes.
Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse at an annual Associated Press meeting of New York newspaper editors, Boeheim said he's heard the most recent talk about paying college athletes and calls it "the most idiotic suggestion of all time."
Boeheim took exception with retired NBA star Chris Webber's complaint he received nothing after his team shirt was sold. In a documentary released earlier this year, Webber lamented that while a student-athlete at Michigan, his team jersey sold in a campus store for $75 without any money going to him.
Boeheim noted that Webber received a free education and the exposure that allowed him to go on to a hugely lucrative professional career.
"He didn't get his $30,000 or $40,000," Boeheim said. "But he got his money."