Overachieving is a good thing and Cyclone Athletics is doing just that.

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Doing more with less is something to be proud of. In the world of major college athletics, there is a wide disparity in resources.

According to data compiled by the Department of Education, 10 schools have athletics budgets greater than $100 million. Half of them – Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee – reside in the SEC. Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State represent the Big Ten and Oklahoma and Texas (the national leader at $150.3 million) participate in the Big 12.

Nine schools have budgets less than $50 million and the list includes Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Florida, Utah, Wake Forest and Washington State.

NACDA compiles an annual all-sports ranking called the Directors Cup.

In the most-recent standings (prior to adding points for men’s and women’s basketball), Iowa State is the only school of the lower-funded departments in the standings’ Top 50.

The Cyclones are 31st and the Demon Deacons (63rd), Bearcats (70th), Cougars (95th), Bulldogs (98th), Bulls (121st), Yellow Jackets (180th) and Rebels (217th) trail.

Iowa State, in fact, is currently ahead of the Volunteers (60th), Crimson Tide (49th) and Tigers from Auburn (43rd) among the $100 million and above club. ISU is also breathing down the neck of the Sooners (26th) and Tigers from LSU (24th).

Those are just the facts, but it’s not hard to argue that ISU is maximizing its performance so far this season.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

 

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