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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Audits have been ordered for South Carolinas three research universities after revelations that their trustees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxury hotels, expensive dinners and travel to football games.The South Carolinas Commission on Higher Educations director, Gary Glenn, said the state inspector general was being asked Friday to review alleged excessive spending by the boards overseeing Clemson, the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina.The commission voted unanimously Thursday to request the audits after a report by The Post and Courier of Charleston that MUSC board members were reimbursed $560,000 over five years for spending on luxury hotels, dining and alcohol while in Charleston for meetings.While the article focused on MUSCs board, the newspaper reported finding that Clemsons governing board spent more -- $750,000 since 2011 -- and that trustees of USC, the states largest university, spent less than $400,000 in that time frame. Clemson and USC boards each spent more than $100,000 on football travel.In an environment of skyrocketing costs and runaway spending in higher education, the timing of this news article could not be worse, commission Chairman Tim Hofferth said in a prepared statement. The agencys responsibility is to protect the students, families, and taxpayers of South Carolina. In order to properly address this situation, the first step is to be proactive in trying to find the facts.He said commissioners would decide how to respond after getting the audits results. That could take months.Its unclear what they could do.MUSC officials contend most of their reimbursements come not from public money, but from a private nonprofit corporation set up to benefit the medical universitys hospital.An exemption in state law allows university trustees to set their own travel expense rates, and use money made from student athletics, activities, canteens and bookstores to reimburse trustees above normal per diems.According to the newspaper, MUSC trustees hotel stays accounted for nearly $100,000 of the spending, with rooms at Charleston Place and Planters Inn. Other expenses during the trustees six or so meetings annually included $37,400 on a 2014 Christmas banquet, $160 bottles of wine, and dining at the citys finest restaurants, regularly including trustees family members and other guests.MUSC spending guidelines, set by the trustees, allow reimbursements to pick up the tab for trustees guests if they have a clear connection or future/potential connection to MUSC.Such reimbursements are illegal, however, for other state employees on business trips. By law, non-college board members are limited to a $35 daily allowance plus $25 a day for meals and standard mileage. If they require a hotel room, they must abide by rates set by the federal government.Two prominent legislators told The Post and Courier they plan to investigate the matter when the Legislature returns in January. Mike McGlinchey Jersey . 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The somber, pessimistic vibe that made for an uncomfortable Bahamas breeze last December turned out to be spot on. Tiger Woods looked and sounded like a guy who was not going to be playing competitive golf for a good while, and this week that feeling became reality.By withdrawing from the PGA Championship and his agent, Mark Steinberg, saying he would not play during the rest of 2015-16 season -- a matter of weeks at this point -- it was assured that more than a year will have passed between Woods tournaments.It shouldnt be a surprise, and its not news, really. The guy sits out nearly a year, has hardly been able to string consecutive rounds of golf together -- his own admission last month -- and hes going to tee it up at Baltusrol for the PGA Championship?Remember the talk that a links like Royal Troon would be okay given its not a strenuous walk? That its a flat course where he could get his golf ball around? Yeah, that cold, rainy weather would have been great for a bad back.Woods, 40, foreshadowed this at the Hero World Challenge in December, when it became apparent that his two back surgeries last fall were not going to allow him to come back in three months time like he did in 2014.The hardest part for me is theres really nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards, Woods said in the Bahamas. Wheres the light at the end of the tunnel?Nearly eight months later, its still dark, apparently.Sure, there have been positive signs. Various updates have come with the words progressing nicely, which is a vague way of saying little. Progressing to putting one foot in front of the other? Or swinging a golf club at more than 120 mph, the speed necessary to compete in todays game?The various sightings at clinics in the spring were merely a tease that a comeback was imminent. At his Houston-area golf course opening in late April, Woods acknowledged it was the first time he had played any holes on a golf course. He played five that day and actually looked pretty good for a guy who had not played at all. He warmed up on the driving range and hit enough good shots to make you think that he wasnt that far away.But how did he feel the next day? We dont know, and therein lies the problem. For him to return to competitive golf, Woods -- at a minimum -- needs to be able to practice and play 18 holes a day for five consecutive days, maybe six. If he cant do that, then tournament golf is impossible.Then there is the lack of information surrounding his Oct. 28 back surgery, his second in six weeks. Woods has never disclosed what occurred. Was it more serious than the microdiscectomy he had six weeks earlier? It almost assuredly was, given the slow recovery. But nobody outside of his cloosest confidants knows, and maybe if that had been disclosed, the questions about a return would be less frequent.ddddddddddddSteinberg has expressed frustration about having to give updates about various tournaments and his status, understandable in that nobody else is required to do so. Woods did not even issue a statement when it was announced he withdrew from The Open, letting the tournament handle it. Same with the PGA Championship, although Steinberg responded to media inquiries.While Woods has to deal with far more than anyone else when it comes to these matters -- how often was Jim Furyk queried about his return from wrist surgery earlier this year? -- some of this is his own making.At the Quicken Loans National last month, Woods was specifically asked if he had ruled out any future tournaments, including The Open and the PGA, and he said: No I havent. Im just playing it week to week and I keep getting better. I keep getting physically better. I just hope that everything clicks in and I can do it sooner rather than later.Its going to be later, despite the fleeting hope he gave that day by not ruling out any immediate events. Unless he plays overseas somewhere, which would seem unlikely, Woods is looking at an October return at the earliest. The first tournament of the 2016-17 season is the Safeway Open. That is more than two months away, and if he is able to go, thats where he should return.No event is below Woods at this point. When ready, he will need tournament golf, as much of it as he can handle, to find any kind of form. Las Vegas, Davis Loves RSM Classic, and Woods own Hero World Challenge are all tournaments that would make sense at the end of 2016.Unlike others who come back from injury and are granted a grace period, Woods is typically not given that luxury. But realistically, how good do you expect him to be after such a long layoff? It might take him months or longer to get competitive again.At Congressional last month, Woods spoke positively about his progress. He did not look or sound like the same disappointed player who expressed doubts about his future back in December.And yet we still wait, a major championship season about to pass with zero starts, the doubts still lingering.A 14-time major champion, Woods will now miss his 10th major championship in the 34 played since he won the 2008 U.S. Open. Its amazing to think that in the 34 he played to that point, he won 12 of them.The hope remains that Woods will get healthy enough to put together one last run, a final shot at greatness. Meanwhile, were not even sure if hes walking. Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Stitched Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys NFL T-shirts From China Cheap Jerseys Throwback ' ' '

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