Comparing cup points & budget, who spends their money best in college athletics?

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Among college athletics departments, who spends their money the best? That’s a loaded question, right?

The most-recognized measure for athletics excellence is the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. It’s a measure of competitive success across all sports. Each school scores points in that metric based upon NCAA finishes.

The Department of Education, through its annual EADA Reports, tracks a number of things including athletics budget.

Combining Directors Cup points and athletics budget for the most-recent season, I’ve determined the number of dollars spent per point by each of the Division 1A football playing schools.

In other words, which Division 1A athletics programs spent their resources most effectively in pursuit of wins. Iowa State ranked 23rd nationally and second in the Big 12.

Here is the list of the Top 100 schools (based upon dollars spent per cup point):

1—New Mexico $60,000; 2tie—Stanford $61,000; 2tie—UCLA $61,000; 4—California $69,000; 5—Florida State $76,000; 6–North Carolina $78,000; 7–Texas A&M $79,000; 8—Illinois $81,000; 9—Tulsa $82,000; 10—USC $83,000;

11—Duke $87,000; 12—Virginia $89,000; 13–Kent State $90,000; 14tie—Florida $91,000; 14tie–Central Florida $91,000; 14tie—Arizona $91,000; 17—Baylor $93,000; 18—Maryland $96,000; 19—Oregon $98,000; 20—Arizona State $101,000;

21—La.-Lafayette $104,000; 22—BYU $104,000; 23tie—IOWA STATE $110,000; 23tie—Virginia Tech $110,000; 23tie—Minnesota $110,000; 23tie—Georgia $110,000; 23tie—Penn State $110,000; 28—Oklahoma $112,000; 29tie—Boise State $113,000; 29tie—North Carolina State $113,000;

31tie—Notre Dame $115,000; 31tie—San Diego State $115,000; 33—LSU $117,000; 34—Northwestern $121,000; 35—Arkansas $123,000; 36tie—Vanderbilt $126,000; 36tie—Indiana $126,000; 38—Ohio State $128,000; 39—Michigan $130,000; 40—Washington $132,000;

41tie—Kentucky $133,000; 41tie—Missouri $133,000; 41tie—Michigan State $133,000; 44—Southern Miss $137,000; 45—Purdue $142,000; 46—Louisville $143,000; 47—Colorado $145,000; 48—Wisconsin $148,000; 49—South Carolina $151,000; 50—Nebraska $157,000;

51tie—Texas $158,000; 51tie—TCU 158,000; 53—Louisiana Tech $159,000; 54—West Virginia $160,000; 55tie—Clemson $161,000; 55tie—Syracuse $161,000; 57—Toledo $162,000; 58tie—Auburn 163,000; 58tie—Northern Illinois $163,000; 58tie—Ohio $163,000;

61—Oklahoma State $164,000; 62tie—Alabama $165,000; 62tie—Miami, Fla. $165,000; 64—Mississippi $170,000; 65—South Florida $172,000; 66—Tennessee $174,000; 67tie—Utah $177,000; 67tie—Cincinnati $177,000; 69—Oregon State $178,000; 70—Boston College $182,000;

71—Connecticut $185,000; 72—Kansas State $186,000; 73—UAB $188,000; 74—Kansas $199,000; 75—Iowa $202,000; 76—Arkansas State $204,000; 77—UTEP $208,000; 78—Texas Tech $221,000; 79—Houston $222,000; 80—Middle Tennessee $223,000;

81tie—Temple $224,000; 81tie—Georgia Tech $224,000; 83—Central Michigan $225,000; 84—SMU $227,000; 85—Mississippi State $231,000; 86—Wake Forest $245,000; 87—Western Michigan $247,000; 88—Eastern Michigan $251,000; 89—East Carolina $259,000; 90—Colorado State $264,000;

91—Wyoming $265,000; 92—Nevada $274,000; 93—Washington State $280,000; 94—Akron $286,000; 95—San Jose State $300,000; 96—Hawaii $305,000; 97—UNLV $312,000; 98—Memphis $319,000; 99—Rice $321,000; 100—Western Kentucky $328,000.

Scan the list and pick out your favorite measuring sticks for the Cyclones. It is an interesting exercise.

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

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