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The NCAA is exploring allowing its athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. Ray Tanner is worried about that. “This is a personal opinion but when I see name, image, likeness it makes me feel like it is pay for play,” South Carolina’s athletics director said. “I’m like, ‘This gives me angst.’ ” Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey feels the same way. “My stance hasn’t changed since I testified in the (Ed) O’Bannon case,” Sankey said. “I think the funding and financial support provided to student-athlete is appropriately tied to their educational pursuits. There is a period at the end of that sentence.” Let's hear your thoughts!!
DOJ just revealed a massive college cheating scandal which involves celebrities and others. What I found interesting is that Mark Riddell, the director of college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy in Bradenton FL, was also charged with taking SAT and ACT exams in the place of students for money. Will be interesting to see if the NCAA investigates all those high profile football recruits at IMG (including Xavier Thomas) who were at the school when the cheating occurred. I always wondered why those top recruits left their homes to attend IMG. Maybe now we know the answer.
Phil Steele sees big things ahead for Clemson & the Gamecocks in 2018 (AUDIO) JULY 2, 2018 BY WILL PALASZCZUK LINK: SPORTSTALK One of the foremost college football prognosticators has Clemson and South Carolina in store for big seasons in 2018. Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence graces the National cover of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Phil Steele, author and compiler of the self-titled Phil Steele College Football Preview, joined SportsTalk on Monday to assess his thoughts on the Tigers and Gamecocks. Steele believes the Tigers once again seemed poised for a fourth consecutive trip to the College Football Playoffs, seeing no reason they should lose a game during the regular season. He also believes that Trevor Lawrence will beat out incumbent quarterback Kelly Bryant for the starting job in the Fall. As for the Gamecocks, Steele believes USC will continue to progress under the stability of Will Muschamp, making the Gamecocks his foremost contender to attempt to unseat Georgia at the top of the SEC East. Steele credits the Gamecocks experience, and Jake Bentley’s ascension into his third year as a starter as keys for a South Carolina squad that made a New Year’s Day bowl last season for the first time since 2011. To hear Steele’s appearance on SportsTalk, including the games and teams that could be potential pitfalls for each, click below: To hear Steele’s appearance You can purchase Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, CVS, Target & Publix or go to PhilSteele.com where you order one online or download a digital copy.
Where South Carolina stacks up among the richest NCAA athletic departments July 02, 2018 At times, the idea gets thrown around that college sports are a business. If that's the case, business is good for South Carolina. According to the annual database released by USA Today, South Carolina ranked 16th nationally among public schools in terms of revenue, pulling in a little more than $136 million. That's up by nearly $14 million from last year. The total ranks eigth in the SEC behind Texas A&M (second), Alabama (sixth), Georgia (seventh), Florida (eighth), Auburn (ninth), Auburn (10th) and Tennessee (11th). Clemson came in at 26th ($112.6 million). USC saw jumps from 2016 to 2017 in ticket revenue, by just short of $3 million, contributions, $8.5 million, and rights and licensing/rights, $8.4 million. According to the income notes, the athletic department transferred around $9.5 million back to the school. In terms of expenses, USC spent $43.6 million on coaching salaries, $16.1 on scholarships and $30.6 on facilities and overhead. All told, expenses were $129.3 million.
South Carolina, Clemson investing more in athletics and still making money July 08, 2017 The athletics departments at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina continued to operate at a surplus during the 2015-16 academic year despite mirroring a national trend that saw NCAA Division I schools invest more in their student-athletes. Clemson finished “in the black” by $1,763,077 while South Carolina had a positive ledger that revealed revenue that surpassed operating expenses by $5,595,582. Those figures were among data compiled by USA TODAY Sports from reports of annual athletics department operating revenues and expenses that schools submit to the NCAA each January. The 230 public institutions included in the report revealed that spending on financial aid for athletes increased by nearly nine percent – the largest single-year increase since 2010. The increase includes boosts in the traditional elements of an athletic scholarship – tuition, fees, room and board – plus the additional amounts for incidental expenses that athletes were allowed to receive for the first time. Schools also are able to provide meals and snacks for athletes that NCAA rules had prohibited until April of 2014. “Substantial progress has been made in the past few years with NCAA legislations opening the door for programs like ours to invest even more into our student-athletes,” Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. “Fully funding cost of attendance and providing additional meals and fueling for student-athletes in all sports on an annual basis is a significant financial commitment for all intercollegiate programs, but one that was needed for the benefit of our student-athletes.” Clemson and South Carolina apparently embraced the new allowances. Clemson invested $15,364,538 on “athletic student aid” last year, the ninth-highest total in the nation and an 18.3 percent increase over the previous year. South Carolina spent $14,848,950, which ranked 11th nationally and reflected an increase of 13.8 percent over 2014-15. Michigan topped the national list with athletic student aid expenditures of more than $23 million. Meanwhile, coaches’ compensation rose by five percent – the smallest single-year rate in 11 years – and Clemson and South Carolina both ranked well below the national leaders. Ohio State paid its coaches a total of more than $30 million in salaries, benefits and bonuses, followed by Kentucky at more than $26 million. Clemson ranked 30th at $17.69 million while South Carolina was 44th at $13.76 million. The Southeastern Conference continued to be the major money conference, as 10 league schools ranked among the Top 17 in total operational revenue. Florida State was the top Atlantic Coast Conference school in that category, ranking 18th, while Clemson ranked 27th. Among other expenditures of note for Clemson included $5.56 million spent on travel, $4.97 million on direct overhead and administrative expenses, $4.36 million for fundraising, marketing and promotions, $2.85 million on equipment, uniforms and supplies, and $1.867 million on recruiting. Among Clemson’s primary revenue generators were contributions ($35.44 million), media rights ($15.96 million), ticket sales ($23.5 million), royalties ($9.53 million), bowl revenue ($4.79 million), and conference distribution monies ($4.1 million). THE STATE