Attention fellow numbers geeks and/or fans of college sports in our fair commonwealth. Courtesy of a revealing
The newspaper collected information from 227 schools, and while accounting practices vary, there are some curious trends. To wit:
That speaks to effective fiscal management by athletic director Jim Weaver and his administrative team. It also speaks to Tech fans, who contributed $18.98 million in ticket revenue.
Virginia was far less-reliant on ticket revenue in 2010-11, generating $12.97 million with the same number of home football games (seven) as the Hokies. That represented a 15.7-percent decline in ticket sales from 2009-10.
But with $78.44 million in revenue and a $6.0-million surplus last year, the Cavaliers are not paupers by any stretch. Their revenue trailed only
Nearly half of Virginia's revenue, $34.5 million, came from private donors, more than double 2006's $14.57 million and attributable, in part, to pledges for John Paul Jones Arena and contributions connected to the reseating of football season-ticket holders.
Virginia Tech, by comparison, reported $15.85 million in donations for 2010-11. Meanwhile, Virginia relied far more on student fees than did the Hokies.
More than $12.97 million in fees went to Cavaliers sports. That's about $940 per undergraduate, triple Virginia Tech's $313. The only ACC school more dependent on student fees was
Salaries for head coaches and their assistants are escalating nationally — Alabama's rose 84.6 percent from 2006 to '11 — but Virginia and Virginia Tech were not extravagant by market standards. The Cavaliers increased pay 36.6 percent, the Hokies 27.4 percent.
Absent significant football television revenue, the state's other Division I schools have vastly different budget dynamics.
More than $10 million in student fees covered nearly half of William and Mary's 2010-11 budget. By percentage of expenses, only six other Championship Subdivision football schools were less subsidized, including Virginia Military Institute.
Old Dominion's 72.7-percent subsidy was more in line with most FCS programs. The Monarchs' expenses more than doubled from 2006-11, from $13.99 million to $30.91 million, clearly a function of adding football.
But football also has ratcheted up contributions. ODU reported $1.17 million in donations in 2006, $3.57 million in 2011.
At last week's news conference to announce the Monarchs' move to
These days, whether working at Longwood ($7.9 million budget) or