Student Body Right plans to revive USC alumni clubs, pay players

Two years after USC abruptly disbanded its regional Trojan Clubs, sparking outrage in its alumni network, Student Body Right plans to restart the clubs and build a name, image and likeness fundraising network.

Student Body Right is the third-party collective that recently angered university officials with its intent to pay for Trojan soccer players.

Dale Rech, a co-founder of Student Body Right, confirmed to The Times that the new collective intends to convert the previously closed alumni clubs into individual chapters of the collective, each operating independently under the Student Body Right umbrella.

With this fundraising network, the collective’s proposed goal is to raise enough money for every player on the USC football team to earn $50,000 a year, according to a presentation viewed by The Times.

Details of how those payments would be distributed remain unclear, but the presentation notes that Student Body Right intends to match positional groups or individual players with an organization from “a select list of charities that represent diverse causes and are seen as inclusive and reflective.” of the values, diverse interests, backgrounds and priorities of the players.” The players would then do or engage in community service with these organizations to receive their NIL payments.

One box has already been ticked in this regulatory process: the collective was recently approved for 501c3 nonprofit status in the state of Nevada, meaning donations would presumably be tax deductible.

Student Body Right announced its arrival earlier this month, much to the chagrin of USC officials, who warned that a collective operating outside of the university’s jurisdiction could demand a review if the NCAA decides to enforce its NIL guidelines . Since then, the two sides have not communicated much.

This resentment continues to smolder as the Student Body Right moves forward with plans to cut its first NIL checks for Trojan soccer players by the start of the spring semester in January.

The Trojan Club reboot will likely dig up past resentments from USC alumni. Many voiced their displeasure in June 2020, when the university’s alumni association announced it would change the structure of long-standing regional alumni clubs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the time, executives from 70 of the clubs wrote a letter to USC President Carol Folt denouncing that USC’s alumni association “grossly underestimated the breadth and depth of alumni resistance to the dissolution of regional alumni groups.”

Now, Student Body Right hopes they will channel that intensity into another endeavor, one that operates without university oversight.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/usc/story/2022-08-25/student-body-right-resurrect-disbanded-usc-alumni-clubs-pay-players Student Body Right plans to revive USC alumni clubs, pay players

Emma Bowman

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