CLEMSON - Collegiate Sports Partners, Ltd. CEO Kirk Wood apparently has
offered Clemson $400,000 in an attempt to settle the broadcast contract
squabble between the sides, according to a source who spoke on the condition
Wood met with Clemson officials Monday and made the offer during those
discussions, the source said. Clemson allowed Monday's 5 p.m. deadline to
pass without making a decision on the future of CSP's involvement with the
The broadcast network, which was awarded all television and radio broadcast
rights in a contract which began on July 1, 2000, missed a June 30 payment
of $750,000. The grace period for the payment ended at 5 p.m. Monday.
It is not known if the $400,000 is intended to buy out the contract,
therefore ending CSP's relationship with Clemson, or if it is a stop-gap
gesture which would buy the Alabama-based company more time to seek
Meanwhile, officials at one radio network affiliate told the Daily
Journal/Messenger Tuesday that a source inside Clemson's administration
informed the station that a press release would be issued by Friday which
would "clear up matters once and for all."
CSP was awarded Clemson broadcast rights over several other suitors,
including the incumbent Clemson Sports Network, when it offered the
university $7.5 million over five years. The contract includes payments to
head football coach Tommy Bowden ($435,000), head basketball coach Larry
Shyatt ($125,000), football defensive coordinator Reggie Herring ($47,000)
and former offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez ($50,000).
Those payments have been made by CSP, according to Clemson officials.
Messages left for Wood and CSP spokesman Herb Vincent were not returned.
Dan Scott is the host of SportsTalk (10AM-Noon) on 104.9 FM in Upstate SC and
Managing Editor of Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger