Yet another sign college sports are recession proof: USC is increasing its rate to join the Gamecock Club. The school announced it is implementing a five percent increase in the donation level sans the “Roost” level, which will go up to 100 dollars. The new rates take effect in 2014.
“The Board of Directors felt it was important to manage the donation structure of the Gamecock Club by ensuring we may continue to provide our student athletes with the academic and athletic tools that will assist them in succeeding in the classroom and field of play,” said Gamecock Club Director Patrick McFarland.
Gamecock Club Executive Committee Chairman Ted Girardeau said they made the decision to increase the rates now to avoid a bigger rate increase down the road.
“[We] felt it was imperative that we stay in line with tuition increases and continue providing a quality education for our student-athletes,” Girardeau said. “This will be possible by implementing this minimal increase to prevent finding ourselves in a situation similar to 2007 when substantial increases had to be made across the board to be competitive in the Southeastern Conference.”
This is only the third time the Gamecock Club has raised the rates since 1989. The last increase was in 2008.