Football players and men's basketball players should be paid, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said in a video posted on his website.
"I think it's the right thing to do and I think it's the fair thing to do," he said.
Pinkel said he changed his mind after seeing the amount of money that is now in college football.
For Pinkel, paying players means giving them a living stipend which will make their college lives easier. Football players cannot get jobs over the summer since they are working out and practicing.
"Its money they should have and they should've had it a few years back," he said. "Look at the millions and millions of dollars that college football is making. I don't think there is anything wrong with it as long as it's with clarity and it's done with an understanding that we are trying to help the kids.”
The amount distributed would not be ridiculously large in size, he said.
And it would not extend to other varsity sports. For schools at the BCS level, football and men's basketball pay for a good portion of the entire athletic budget, Pinkel said.
"Our players do get tuition and books, which is fine," he said. "Their education is important. But I also think we can give them additional money per semester to help them and paying them back for their sacrifices."
Pinkel hinted at the possibility of the Southeastern Conference moving toward this plan in the video.