Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Some schools spend millions of dollars a year flying their coaches and executives on scores of trips around the country, and some pass the cost on to students and taxpayers. The Associated Press requested documents from dozens of public universities and found that at least 20 own or share ownership of planes for school business, often employing a few full-time pilots to fly them.
CHINO HILLS, Calif. — At 3:30 Friday afternoon, a few hundred people stood in line outside the Chino Hills High School gymnasium, some 50 miles east of Los Angeles, awaiting admission to a 7 p.m. game. They seemed oblivious to the storm that local meteorologists were calling “the worst rain event in the last six years” to hit L.A. The game was still 3 ¹/₂ hours away, and the doors to the gym would not open until about 30 minutes before tipoff. Thanks to three brothers with otherworldly basketball skills, Chino Hills has become like a miniature version of the Lakers “Showtime” days of Magic and Kareem at the old Forum. “It’s a show,’’ LaVar Ball said, surveying the scene he helped create as the
Porter Moser’s Loyola-Chicago team plays its home finale Wednesday. (Getty) Loyola-Chicago’s final home game is Wednesday, and as the kids say, it’s going to be lit. Or, in this case, Jesu-LIT. That’s right: This is the Ramblers’ annual Jesuit Jam game