Schools Spend Way More on Athletes Than Students
Six times more at Division I colleges
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 1:50 PM CST
In this photo, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops looks on as his team huddles up before an NCAA college football game against Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey, File)

(Newser) – Sorry brainiacs, but if you go to a Division I public school, you can expect your institution to spend more—much more—on athletes than on education. A new analysis picked up by USA Today lays out some key stats:

  • At 97 schools that compete in top-tier football, per-athlete spending rose 51% to $92,000 from 2005 to 2010, while spending on academics increased 23% to just under $14,000 per student.
  • Per-athlete spending topped $100,000 in 2010 at schools in the six highest-profile football conferences.

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1492
Jan 19, 2013 6:29 PM CST
Do principles bring in more money than the entire sporting area? No. Do teachers. No. Do alumni No. What brings in the most revenue to a University? A successful sports program. TV revenues, ticket sales.
hog_one
Jan 17, 2013 5:53 AM CST
I am a very big fan and supporter of my collage team and as long as these schools are willing to pay for what they feel is a coach that will deliver a championship season, they are going to pay it. However, I have always felt that any employee of the collage shouldn't earn more that the president of the collage.
1freeusa
Jan 17, 2013 5:17 AM CST
As europe and some asian countries invest in engineering, math and science, we use our tax money to help train NFL and NBA players