Clemson will no longer use state planes for recruiting
According to WIS, Clemson will halt the use of using state planes for recruiting even though Clemson says it saves the university money and makes money for the state.
Clemson's football coaches used the state plane for football recruiting. Between Jan. 1, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013, Clemson coaches used the state planes 17 times at a cost of $68,332. After the legislature found out about Clemson's use of the state planes, the university stopped using them for football recruiting.
Clemson issued the following statement on the use of the state's planes:
"Prior to Feb 2011, Clemson owned two airplanes, one purchased with private funds by the Athletic Department and an older model generally used for other university official travel. In 2011, after a thorough cost analysis, a decision was made to sell the older plane rather than incur substantial costs for refurbishing or replacing it, and to utilize charter planes whenever the athletic department's plane was not available. Clemson and other state agencies have been encouraged to use state airplanes, which is good for us and for the state. Using state airplanes is less costly for us than owning a second plane, and our usage helps the state generate revenue to offset their fixed costs of owning, maintaining and staffing flight operations. The state charges a fixed-rate fee to agencies for their usage.
Whenever the athletic department utilized state planes, the cost was paid from revenues the department self-generates. The department does not receive any state appropriations, so South Carolina taxpayers have never subsidized recruiting trips.
According to Sports Information Director Tim Bourret, the football program has decided that it will no longer utilize state planes for recruiting purposes."
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