Clemson gets permission to buy a jet for its athletic department
The plane would be used primarily for recruiting and fundraising for the athletic program, according to The Post and Courier. The university’s booster club committed $4.5 million for the purchase, but it will cost an additional $400,000 in annual operations.From The Post and Courier:
“I think it’s a wise decision,” as long as it doesn’t increase student fees, said Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, the committee’s chairman, who also sits on the budget board.
Athletics Director Dan Radakovich repeatedly assured the 10-member panel of senators and House members that the jet would not result in any increase to students. IPTAY will buy the jet, while athletics revenue — primarily ticket sales — will pay for operation and maintenance costs, he said.
The article notes that the athletic department could spend $710,000 annually on pilot’s salary, insurance, fuel and maintenance.
Graham Neff, the university’s associate athletics director, wrote in a letter that “sudden flight changes and the unpredictable nature of coaches’ recruiting schedules support the need for an additional university-owned craft.”