Two weeks ago, fanhouse ran a story regarding the 2009-2010 football budgets for every school in the country. This topic was introduced by Maizedandconfused at that time: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/slightly-ot-report-schools-football-expenditures. I by no means want to highjack his post, but it did inspire me to do some rudimentary math.
The story at fanhouse (http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010/11/16/mcmurphys-law-ohio-state-still-big-spender-with-alabama-irish/) was from 2009-2010 as mentioned above. I wanted to break down how much each school "pays for a win" just to see what the numbers were.
- Ohio State had a budget of 31.76 million and won 11 games= 2.88 million a win.
- Wisconsin: 22.02 million/10 Wins = 2.2 million a win
- Penn State: 19.78 million/11 wins=1.79 million a win
- Iowa: 18.46 million/11 wins= 1.67 million a win
- Michigan: 18.32 million/5 wins= 3.66 million a win
- Nebraska: 17.93 million /10 wins= 1.79 million a win
- Michigan State: 17.46 million/6 wins= 2.91 million a win
- Minnesota: 17.43 million/6 wins= 2.9 million a win
- Northwestern: 15.75 million/ 8 wins= 1.9 million a win
- Indiana: 12.82 million/4 wins= 3.20 million a win
- Purdue: 11.82 million/5 wins= 2.36 million a win
- Illinois:11.09 million/3 wins= 3.69 million a win
Others of Note:
- Alabama: 31.11 million/14 wins= 2.22 million a win
- Auburn: 27.91 million/ 8 wins=3.48 million a win (as in previous thread: easy Cam Newton Joke)
- Florida: 24.45 million/ 13 wins=1.88 million a win
- South Carolina: 22.79 million/7 wins= 3.25 million a win
- Oregon: 18.07 million/10 wins=1.8 million a win
- Texas: 25.31million/13 wins= 1.9 million a win
- USC: 21.37 million/9 wins= 2.37 million a win
- Cincinnati: 11.59 million/12 wins = 0.9 million a win
- Pittsburgh: 17.44 million/10 wins=1.74 million a win
- Notre Dame:29. 49 million/ 6 wins= 4.9 million a win (!)
- TCU: 20.60 million/ 12 wins-1.71 million a win
- Boise State: 6.85 million/14 wins= 0.48 million a win (!)
- Eastern Michigan: 5.03 million/ 0 wins= derp!
- Central Michigan: 6.05 million/12 wins= 0.5 million a win
- Western Michigan: 5.6 million/5 wins= 1.0 million a win
Now I know some people really just don't care about these things, but I really do think it is interesting to look at the numbers and see how programs do given the amount of resources they put in. Obviously, I understand that "just the numbers" don't always tell the whole story, because most years (not 08 or 09) the money Michigan puts into its football program is usually good for more than 3.6 million a win...etc...etc..
Some things do stand out:
- Call me ignorant but I was surprised to see TCU has a larger football budget than Michigan.
- Regardless of strength of schedule, Boise State has a great thing going. Will be interesting to see how re-alignment affects the program.
- Notre Dame=Wow.
[Please don't turn this into Rich Rod Fire Banter=== "Rich Rod can only beat the teams with the three smallest budgets in the conference"==== that is not what this is about]