CLEMSON -- Clemson's athletic booster organization raised more than $21 million the past year, an increase of $5.6 million over 2007.
The group, IPTAY, raises money for athletic scholarships at Clemson. Athletic administrator Bill D'Andrea says the increase comes because of the school's newly enacted seat equity plans where nearly two of every five season-ticket holders were asked to increase pledges to keep their seats.
D'Andrea says the seating plan was not to increase revenue but ensure fairness among donors.
The school says IPTAY membership increased slightly to 16,256 over the past year.
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• BIG SOUTH FOOTBALL -- Liberty is picked to win the Big South Conference title for a second straight season.
Flames running back Rashad Jennings and Gardner-Webb linebacker Mario Brown were also voted the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year at the league's media event Friday.
Liberty received 12 of 13 first-place votes by the league's head coaches and a media panel, a year after going 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
Coastal Carolina was picked to finish second, followed by Gardner-Webb, Stony Brook, Charleston Southern and VMI.
Jennings rushed for 1,113 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Brown had 104 tackles.
Stony Brook becomes a football-only member this fall, allowing the Big South gain an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs in 2010.
• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- North Carolina has given women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell a four-year contract extension through 2015.
Hatchell will make an average of $330,000 during the next seven years, plus supplemental income averaging more than $65,000 per year.
She enters her 23rd season at North Carolina and 34th as a college coach 16 wins shy of 800 for her career.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Presbyterian coach Bobby Bentley shuffled up some staffers as the Blue Hose get ready for summer workouts.
Bentley said Friday that football operations director BJ Connolly would take over as defensive line coach, filling the spot previously held by Reuben Wright. Tight ends coach Brandon Sarver will serve as the team's video coordinator.