Texas coach Tom Herman says players should be able to be compensated

Count Texas head coach Tom Herman among the coaches who believe their players aren’t getting their fair share.

During the Big 12 media days in Arlington, Texas, Herman expressed support for players financially benefiting from a program’ success.

Herman, who makes $5.5 million per year according to USA Today’s coaching salary database, cited how hard the players work as a reason for their entitlement to compensation.

If there’s a coach that understands how a program can make hundreds of millions of dollars off of players’ efforts, it’s probably the football coach of the University of Texas-Austin. The Longhorns’ athletic department brought in $214 million in total revenue last year according to USA Today, the most of any school in the country.

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10 January 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes Co-Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman during the College Football Playoff National Championship media day held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FILE - This Jan. 3, 2014, file photo, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman talks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For most coaches it’s the achievement of a lifetime, working with a team that’s in the national championship game. But for Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, this is a fun but stressful time while he juggles two jobs. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
New Houston head football coach Tom Herman, center, meets the media Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Houston, just two days after wrapping up his duties as Ohio State's offensive coordinator by helping the Buckeyes to the national title. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars walks the sidelines during the second half against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on September 5, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars walks the sidelines at TDECU Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 05: Michael Aresco, Commissioner of the AAC hands head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars the AAC Championship trophy after defeating the Temple Owls 24-13 at TDECU Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars celebrates alongside the trophy after their 38-24 win over the Florida State Seminoles during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars has Gatorade dumped on him in honor of their 38-24 win over the Florida State Seminoles during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
03 September, 2016: Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman and Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoopes shake hands at midfield following the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between the Oklahoma Sooners and Houston Cougars at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photograph by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
03 September, 2016: Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman celebrates following the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between the Oklahoma Sooners and Houston Cougars at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photograph by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
October 15, 2016: Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman is all smiles during an ESPN postgame interview following the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes at Houston Cougars game at TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/ICON Sportswire)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 15: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns yells to the offense during the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - JULY 18: Texas head coach Tom Herman takes questions during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days on July 18, 2017 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - SEPTEMBER 28: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns, left, and head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones meet at mid field during warm ups at Jack Trice Stadium on September 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Texas Longhorns won 17-7 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
Texas Christian head coach Gary Patterson, left, and Texas head coach Tom Herman shake hands after TCU won, 24-7, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 4, 2017. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns enters the stadium before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns holds up The Robert C. McNair Trophy after defeating Missouri Tigers 33-16 in the Academy Sports & Outdoors Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns leads the team on to the field before the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, KS - SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats on September 29, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns talks with head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State won 38-35. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman celebrates with Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns after defeating Georgia Bulldogs 28-21 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 16: Texas head coach Tom Herman speaks to the press during the Big 12 Media Days on July 16, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The NCAA announced in May that is was forming a committee to examine issues “related to student-athlete name, image and likeness,” which could be a first step toward what Herman seems to be hoping for.

Of course, the NCAA is also committed to potentially doing so only on its own terms, as it reportedly threatened to ban the entire state of California from championships if a bill allowing players to be paid for use of their name, image and likeness was passed. California is still proceeding with the bill.

Herman’s opinion runs counter to many of his peers, including Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney who famously said he might leave college athletics if they attempted to “professionalize” it.

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