Gamecocks Athletic Program Gives Money to Academics

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday Dec. 22, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The athletics department at the University of South Carolina is committing $15 million over 15 years toward the university's academic programs.

Athletic director Eric Hyman and university President Harris Pastides announced the agreement Monday. Hyman says the decision comes because of a lucrative 15-year contract that the Southeastern Conference entered into with ESPN
and CBS in September.

Hyman says the broadcast deal gives South Carolina's athletics department an opportunity to help the university.

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