first_imgWe know about big time colleges and their coaching salaries.  How about the use of private planes for team transportation and “other things”?Many universities now own their own planes or share them with other universities.  The team travels on them, of course, but so does the coach and his family when they want to go to the islands on spring break.  The coaches, like Urban Meyer, of Ohio State do a lot of traveling for recruiting on team planes.Schools like Purdue have had their own plane since WW II, but they also have an aviation program at Purdue.  However, the Indy Star reported that Purdue used one of their planes to fly a high-profile alum from the East Coast to attend an athletic meeting. The Star claims that they could have flown them commercial for $400 yet spent $15,000 using the school’s plane.  Other universities use their planes to fly their coaches, alums, and executives to meetings and other trips.  We, in many cases, pay for this as taxpayers.last_img

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