Aug 16, 2013
For the fifth year in a row, Utah State has been recognized as one of the most efficient athletic departments in the nation as it placed 20th for the Excellence in Management Cup, presented by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA).
Utah State won the national championship in 2009, finished third nationally in 2010, fourth in 2011 and sixth a year ago.
The purpose of the Excellence in Management Cup is to determine which athletic departments win the most championships in accordance to financial expenditures. The EM Cup awards athletic departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time have the lowest expenses.
Colorado is this year's national champion, while Oregon, San Diego State, West Virginia and USC round out the top five.
Unlike previous years, this year's standings suggest that many major universities are running as economically efficiently as their smaller counterparts. Five of the top-10 schools are from Bowl Championship Series (BCS) institutions, including four of the top-five.
Scoring is calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of championships won by each Division I university. Because of the difficulty in winning national championships, the formula was adjusted two years ago to place more emphasis on programs that exceed on the national stage.
For a complete list of results and additional information of the Excellence in Management Cup results, please visit the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at http://lsia.tamu.edu.
Additionally, in the annual financial report produced by The Cost of College Sports, Utah State is a national leader in getting anticipated athletic productivity from the dollars it expends as eight primary team sports were examined in each of the NCAA's 32 Division I conferences, equating to 256 teams being scrutinized for their spending efficiency over a four-year time period. In all, only 13 teams representing 12 institutions were ranked as their conference's highest spender, and its second-most efficient performer (as measured by regular season and conference tournament victories). Utah State was the only institution to have two sports (men's basketball and softball) fit the description.
"To be ranked among the top-20 economically efficient institutions in each of the last five years, in addition to the spending efficiency of our men's basketball and softball programs over the last four years, is a continued indicator of the return on investment that our university community, students and stakeholders receive in exchange for their support of Aggie Athletics," said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes.
Utah State is a national leader in getting anticipated athletic productivity from the dollars it expends. USU is also the only school to make the list for more than one sport in men's basketball and softball.
During the 2012-13 academic year, Utah State won Western Athletic Conference championships in football, volleyball and women's soccer. USU also finished second in men's cross country, women's basketball and men's outdoor track & field.
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