South Carolina ranks No. 16 and Clemson is No. 26 in the nation in USA Today's annual report on college athletics revenue among the NCAA's Division I programs.

USC's athletic department earned more than $136 million in 2016-17, according to USA Today's figures, ranking it No. 16 in the nation and eighth among SEC schools.

Clemson hauled in more than $112 million to rank No. 26 and stood third in the ACC behind Florida State ($144.5 million) and Louisville ($120.4 million).

Texas, at $214.8 million, and Texas A&M ($211.9 million) are ranked Nos. 1 and 2.

SEC schools make up six of the top 10, along with the Big Ten's Ohio State and Michigan and the Big 12's Texas and Oklahoma.

The major sources of South Carolina's $136 million in revenues were ticket sales ($28 million), contributions ($38 million) and rights and licensing fees ($56 million).

Clemson's $112 million in revenues came largely from ticket sales ($25.9 million), contributions ($33.7 million) and rights and licensing fees ($40.6 million).

Neither USC nor Clemson reported any revenue from student fees.

At the other end of the college athletics food chain, other D-I schools in the state depend heavily on student fees and school funds to bolster the bottom line.

Here are the revenues for the other state public schools, with the percentage that comes from student fees and school funds:

• Coastal Carolina, $33.7 million (83.82 percent)

• College of Charleston, $20.4 million (76.61 percent)

• The Citadel, $17.6 million (61.29 percent)

• Winthrop, $13.3 million (79.01 percent)

• USC Upstate, $7.6 million (84.07 percent)

• South Carolina State, $7.2 million (47.5 percent)

The Citadel was the only one of six public schools in the Southern Conference to report tickets sales of over $1 million at $1.989 million. College of Charleston, of the Colonial Athletic Association, reported ticket sales of $515,702 in 2016-17.

  

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