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USC sued over hoops seat licensing

A group of USC basketball season ticket-holders has sued the university, claiming the new athletics administration is not honoring a seat-licensing agreement the fans made with the previous administration when the Colonial Life Arena opened in 2002.

The five plaintiffs bringing the suit, filed Thursday at the Richland County Courthouse, say they had handshake deals with former athletics director Mike McGee’s staff that called for them to pay premium fees on their courtside seats for five years, then none thereafter.

Joe McCulloch, the attorney for the group, called on USC’s current athletics administration “to do what’s right.”

The plaintiffs, all longtime members of the Gamecock Club, want to keep their seats under the terms of the agreed-upon deal, while also seeking attorney’s fees and other damages. Those who paid a seat-licensing fee this past season want the money refunded.

USC spokesman Russ McKinney said he would not comment on any pending legal action.