Who are the richest college athletics departments in the NCAA? How are they using those riches?
Per the most-recent data available according to the Department of Education, there were 15 schools with annual athletics budgets above $90 million. Iowa State was 61st on the budget list with revenue of $55.2 million.
Last week, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released current all-sports rankings for schools across the nation.
Iowa State was 27th on the list. Placing 34 spots higher competitively than financially means the Cyclones are using their dollars pretty wisely. ISU’s spot in the all-sports standings is third-best among Big 12 schools (trailing only Texas, 13th and Oklahoma State, 18th).
After a strong fall in which Iowa State scored Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup points in football, women’s cross country and volleyball, the Cyclones added points from men’s & women’s basketball, wrestling and women’s track & field during the winter campaign.
The schools with the most resources don’t always accomplish the most.
Here is a list of those schools with annual budgets above $90 million and their current Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup rank: Michigan (2nd), Penn State (3rd), Notre Dame (4th), Florida (6th), Georgia (12th), Texas (13th), Ohio State (19th), Wisconsin (23rd), Oklahoma (28th), Arkansas (29th), LSU (32nd), Tennessee (42nd), Auburn (47th), Alabama (64th) and Iowa (66th).