How SC State’s President Rolls …

BIG BALLIN’ YO …  We don’t get the whole Chrysler 300 thing … or the “Imported From Detroit” thing. Last time we checked Detroit was borderline apocalyptic, while Chrysler remained in existence only because government took our money and bailed out the company (and its union backers). And the 300?…


We don’t get the whole Chrysler 300 thing … or the “Imported From Detroit” thing.

Last time we checked Detroit was borderline apocalyptic, while Chrysler remained in existence only because government took our money and bailed out the company (and its union backers). And the 300? Eh … give us a Ford F-150 (or a vintage early 1980s Audi) any day of the week.

So forgive us for missing the allure …

Thomas J. Elzey is “hooked and he can’t stop starin’,” though. In fact Elzey – the president of S.C. State University – wanted a brand new black-on-black Chrysler 300 so bad he tried to get his government-subsidized institution of higher learning to pick up the payments for the luxury sedan.

The only problem? S.C. State is currently facing a serious cash crunch – one that’s forced the historically black school to beg state leaders for a bailout.

No problem …

According to a source at the school, Elzey got around that little hurdle by simply having one of S.C. State’s many vendors purchase the vehicle.

“They did it under the guise of fleet management,” our source explained.

Well, well …

A few months ago Jonathan Pinson – the former head of S.C. State’s board of trustees – went down in a bribery scandal involving a Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle. Will Elzey’s “black-on-black” Chrysler 300 bring him down?

That remains to be seen … but we do know S.C. State’s recent “fleet management” move has attracted the attention of auditors at the S.C. Budget and Control Board (SCBCB), an agency currently in the process of conducting a thorough review of the university’s finances.

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scotty May 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Didn’t take long for the new care takers at the dying school to dig in to the scams.

Elliott May 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

This is shameful. I wish the mainstream media would print this stuff. Only then would they stop this crap!!!

C-Town May 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I’m pretty sure Harris Pastides gets chauffeured around Soda City in Crown Vics and Tahoes… car + driver. This is just race-baiting to get hits, Will.

Will Folks aka Sic May 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Yes … because I’m SO nice to all the corrupt white people in this state. Sheesh.

Sam May 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I can’t stand these greedy bastards ripping off the students, Alums and the taxpayers. When the hell is SC gonna wake up and put people in jail for wasting or stealing our money??????????

AnCap May 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Did he get USC vendors to purchase it for him personally though?

Banks May 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Purchasing a car behind the scenes is a terrible mistake. It should not happen under any circumstance. These rich pampered guys should drive their own cars!

Smirks May 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm


“hooked and he can’t stop starin'”

Along with “Mayorhood” and “likes the same white women” and various other little things that could have (should have) been left out, but weren’t.

There’s enough crooks in politics of various races that we can do without little snarky comments embedded in the post that do nothing more than scream “HEY GUYS LOL HE’S BLACK AND RIPPING OFF TAXPAYERS AMIRITE?!?!” as if it makes any fucking difference to the taxpayer’s wallet.

Frank May 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

NO! USC is wash in cash and SC State is worse than broke! there is a big difference.
When a school is broke the top guys can’t live large. Period.
Great story Will.

Butch May 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

This crap drives me uo the damn wall. All my life i been reading about these rich shits acting like gods with money that is not theirs! I say we send 25 or 30 grad students down from Cola and Clemson and let them run the place. They will do a better job and want steal nearly as much!

Deo Vindice SC May 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Frank, you are right. I live near the area, SC State should close. Period.

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Pastides was given a Mini Cooper for his work car. He allowed the students to vote for what he would drive, he didn’t go behind everyone’s back and get a pimp ride yo.

Grrrr_Native May 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

A Mini Cooper S with a few options is as expensive as a Chrysler 300 (around $30K). Jus’ sayin’.

Audi? May 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Shoulda been an Escalade on 26’s if you ask me.

Btw Sic Willie…I have a major beef with you….an early 80’s Audi? WHAT THE FUCK? Is that to go with your hot pink laptop?

Sheesh….jonesing for a Audi 5000? Sweet Jesus.

BMW May 29, 2014 at 12:51 am

I’m no Audi guy, but still, brush up on your history a little, the early-80’s Audi Quattro was one heck of an historic car.

tater salad May 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Shoulda been a pinto.

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I could be wrong, but I don’t believe Pastides drives an S.

SCBlues May 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Squishy you’ve had quite a day today, huh? Two stories about SC State and then one about Black Biker Week – how long did you have to blow Will to get him to post all three on the same day?

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Not long, after about 12 seconds it was all over.

SCBlues May 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Race-baiting on this site?!? Get outta here!

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

You’re just upset because the truth of your alma mater is coming out… much like yourself.

inciteful May 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

Don’t even bother responding to SCBlues. He(she) sees racism behind every tree. “Blacks can do no wrong-whites can do no right.” Read the collection of his posts for a classic lesson in a race baiting.

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The 300 is the poor man’s Bentley. It’s like being on welfare yet wearing flea market knockoffs.

Dontcha Know May 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

It’s a black person “sheeple” thing. Black or White, allegations of racism or not, take him down.

Fastmouth May 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Would the state not be better off just to shut it down and sell it? Seems to me that if it’s losing the kind of money that everyone says it’s losing that it would be better to stop funding it, sell it, and do something else w/ the money?

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Enos won’ has none a dat. State is his legacy.

Has there been a graduate of that diploma mill that’s been worth a shit in the school’s history? I know there have been a couple high profile EEOA hires.

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

Would the state not be better off just to shut it down and sell it?

Yes and no.

Yes because there would be less corruption and less waste of tax dollars by greedy administrators.

No because it would likely be bought out by some for-profit college to milk students for whatever financial aid and loans they can get in exchange for a worthless degree. Penniless, debt-ridden students with napkin degrees would then rely on welfare when Walmart doesn’t pay enough to get by.

Squishy123 May 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

So by “No”, you’re saying that nothing would change. SCSU degrees are as worthless as Benedict College and Allan University degrees. Nearly as bad as the ITT Tech and Phoenix degrees.

??? May 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm

A degree is a degree. Where do people get this notion that getting a degree from a certain school makes a degree worth less or more than another school? The major issue is people assume that the administration reflects the quality of the education. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The programs are just fine.

Rocky Loves Orangeburg May 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I’m gonna pop some tags, need a new 300 in my driveway, looking and a huntin, drivin’ in my Hemmy, this is $##$% awesome.

GrandTango May 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’ll NEVER forget how Sanford and FITS piously REFUSED to partially fund a Monument on the Statehouse grounds for Fallen Law Enforcement officers…but snuck behind the back to give $50,000 to SC State, above and beyond fulfilling their whole budget…So much for Liberal-Tarian honor…

Liberal columnist Lee Bandy (The State newspaper) soiled himself w/ joy when Sanford pulled that little Liberal-tarian Hypocrite, @$$ Rape…

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Yeah that’s what the statehouse grounds needs… more clutter. That type of monument needs to be at SLED headquarters.

GrandTango May 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

But you S#!* your pants demanding an African-American Monument…

Made you feel all good, and not so Racist, no matter that I paid for it..and I’m not guilty like you and your family of lethargic democrat, fatback-eatin’ @$$-holes…who used the people who are modern-day extorting you and Sanford dry…

The Colonel May 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I’m pretty sure that the Law Enforcement monument has been on the state house grounds since 2006.

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Well that tells you how much he cares about it.

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

It was 2003 when Sanford balked at helping to fund it, but backed around to throw money at SC State, to the liberals’ delight.

I’m sure Sanford was eventually over-ridden…like he was so many times….

Meth Trailer May 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Like, how did you pay for it? Did you skip a medicare/medicaid payment?

Squishy123 May 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Yeah, I was first in line for that. I bet I paid for more of it than you did, you have to have a job to have taxes withheld.

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

To give credit to libertarians, they don’t think taxpayer money should be spent on any monument, regardless of what it is for.

Meanwhile, you’re pissed because we built an African American monument? Really?

GrandTango May 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

No, Dumb@$$…not P!$$#d….I think a monument based solely on skin color is racist, in addition to divisive…

We’ve let guilt-ridden racists like you and The State newspaper, along w/ the hateful Gilda Cobb-Salad run race relations, and you just become more embittered each year. You are a bunch of ungrateful, miserable @$$-holes… and you bleed us dry, while contributing NOTHING…

As for your defense of Sanford shafting the officers’ monument, the point is, he did a reach-around from behind, to satisfy the Racist, Crooks over at SC State. after they had been fully-funded…

Liberal-Tarians will rail at a legitimate investment (collect a little less up front in taxes) toward job-creating business, but Liberal-Tarians will jerk off the race pimps, because they don’t have the B@!!$ to attack the real problems in politics…like they claim they are…

Bible Thumper May 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm

—REFUSED to partially fund a Monument on the Statehouse grounds for Fallen Law Enforcement officers—-

The engineering was not cheap. Wasn’t it built above underground parking?

Grrrr_Native May 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Guy makes approx. $200K per year and can’t afford a $30K POS? Really?

Ryan May 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

School. They should not be buying ANY cars!!! This story tells a lot about the culture there at State. Not black, not white, but greedy.

Audi? May 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I think it’s absolutely hysterical that someone would jeopardize their career over a Chrysler 300.

What a perfect statement on society today.

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

jeopardize their career

I imagine a lot of well-connected higher-ups in state government do this, so is he really jeopardizing his career?

A free $30k car is still $30k you don’t have to spend yourself.

Audi? May 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

…he had a vendor buy him a car…seems like that is a potential career ender…but hey, maybe you are right as it pretty much seems bureaucrats are unaccountable for the most part.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm

“Guy makes approx. $200K per year, aboveboard and can’t afford a $30K POS? Really?”

Fixed it for ya!

southmauldin May 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

He looks like a wuss compared to that bastard that is the president of that shithole known as Benedict College that was making close to half a million. David what’s his name?

euwe max May 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Just another black man in the South that doesn’t know his place. What kind of car does Nikki drive? Bright? Wilson?

Fits Aint No Republican May 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Hey Max dont ruin the narrative !Fits and his minions got this Race stuff down man!Did you know some of their best friends are Black?

euwe max May 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

You know… we don’t know what kind of house Will lives in, or what kind of car he drives.. but we’re paying his bills!

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 8:50 am

He mentioned what car he drives in a post about speeding IIRC. Can’t remember exactly what though.

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

No kidding. And the SCSU Prez doesn’t even get SLED-provided security guards cocktail waiters like some female South Carolina governors do.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

or a vintage early 1980s Audi

You keep it until you’re about 85 years old and one of these days it’ll just take off and the harder you press the *brakes* the faster that sumbeach will crash through the front of the K&W during the early-bird senior discount special, TBG tells ya.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Surely the Clyburn Transportation moneypit thingie can buy him some nice wheels?

bryan May 28, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Alls he gots to do is call Jim Clyburn, and all this will go away, quickly.

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 8:52 am

I don’t know about that. What’s in it for Jim?

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Crooks in charge at SCSU?

Aunt Piddie Pat!! Run get TBG his smellin’ salts!

Tomocchio May 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Do they have a Center for Women’s and Gender Studies?

john dozier May 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Thank God it is only a Chrysler. I thought it would be a Rolls or at least a Benz!

Smirks May 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

A Benz wouldn’t be that surprising, but a Rolls? Oh man, I’d pay to see the outrage from that.

Larry Bishop May 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Haley needs to resign now..

Prosecutor: DSS ignored many pleas for help as ‘demon’ Richland parents tortured son to death

more here:

And while little Robert Guinyard Jr. was dying after being beaten a
final time, on July 1, 2013, he cried out to the Lord to help because he
knew his parents wouldn’t, Campbell said in a closing argument to the
jury at the Richland County courthouse

more here:

Jack Schitt June 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Here’s the $ shot…(from the article)

During the mother’s time in jail before the trial, police recorded a
phone call in which Thompson (the mother who beat the child with a metal rod) was heard telling her caller that she was going to sue DSS for $3 million because that agency should have intervened and put Robert into protective custody, Campbell said.

Whaaaaaaat….. shes gonna sue the state because they should have protected him from her????
Maybe you should contribute to her legal fund Larry…

The Colonel May 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm

“black-on-black” is that a description of the crime or the car?

Edgar May 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

Infilaw is interested in purchasing SC State U. Let’s see if anyone objects to that move.

Native Ink May 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

I’m sure Glenn McConnell will drive a rusted old Pinto to save us money. A Chrysler 300 is probably the cheapest car you’ll see a college president ever drive in this state.

jerkmychain May 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

“college”……, “president”…….; make me laugh!

Pizza Buffet May 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Tom Moore at USC Upstate drives a Porshe.

Squishy123 May 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Who bought it? Him or the school.

eyesopen May 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

The game (as to how spending tax dollars are spent) never
changes, occasionally the players change; but the original game plan stays.

Philip Branton May 29, 2014 at 9:06 am

Does ANY student at any college campus in our state have a CLUE how Martin Luther King or Malcolm X would react to the education “accounting” across our state…??

Geez…… least read about the SWAMP FOX and get a clue how to get a school president’s undivided financial attention…?

Ya know………..we wonder what would happen if every FRAT and Sorority across our state printed this article out and taped it to every door on campus ………for the next year every week..?

Come on….!! Instead of smokin weed and watchin Animal House………..start to think like John Belushi and ACT like Richard Pryor……!!!!

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 30, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply
Deo Vindice SC May 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

I believe 2 years ago, taxpayers spent 60k on a rap – hip hop concert for the school. Forgot who the so called artist was, but I remember at his Hotel room he had to have m&m peanuts only colored green, mayo at 60 degrees, forgot all the other silly shit. This was for real !

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

“mayo at 60 degrees”

TBG suspects some gastrointestinal *karma* will visit this prima donna one day.

neighbor May 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Is this the same Thomas J Elzey who made 250K a year working for the Citadel? If so, he didn’t work there very long.

??? May 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Do we have proof? I really want to see it

Comrade1917 May 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

I want 40 acres and a Lexus.

Jack Schitt June 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

That’s why Jim Clyburn launders…er…channels… um…directs..yea ok… directs all of the pork…er graft…er uh…. grants through Claflin College now….


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