Conference Schools Boost Sports Spending

Athletic and Academic Spending Jumps in ACC and Big Ten Conference Schools Over the Past 6 Years

Boston College
Clemson University
Duke University
Florida State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Miami
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina State University
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
Syracuse University
University of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Northwestern University
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Future members
Rutgers University
University of Maryland-College Park

By The Numbers

Over the past six years, academic and athletic spending has increased at schools in the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference. Schools in the Big Ten spend more money on full-time students and athletes than schools in the ACC. And athletic spending is higher compared to academic spending.

Big Ten schools spent $16,712 more in 2011 on full-time students and athletes than ACC schools, compared to $8,115 more in 2005. This is a 105.94 percent increase.
The University of Maryland-College Park spent $17,519 per full-time student and $88,935 per athlete in 2011.
Total coaching salaries rose 59 percent from 2005 to 2011 at the University of Maryland, to $13.8 million in 2011. This is higher than the 2011 median ACC coaching salary of $12 million and on par with the 2011 median Big Ten coaching salary of $13.8 million.

Academic vs. Athletic Spending

Academic and athletic spending at Big Ten conference schools is higher than spending at ACC schools.

Coaching Salaries

Coaching salaries at the University of Maryland are more in line with Big Ten conference school's coaching salaries.

Rising Spending Trends

Academic spending per full-time student rose 15 percent at the University of Maryland from 2005 to 2011, to $17,519.
During the same time period, athletic spending per athlete at the school rose 22 percent, to $88,935.

Capital News Service infographic created by Marlena Chertock

Data from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Knight Commission Athletic & Academic Spending Database for NCAA Division I (2013)
and Athletics Data Source: USA TODAY's NCAA Athletics Finance Database.