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Clemson/CFB Top 25 FY 2012 USA Today Financial Data

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In the final discussion of USA Today FY 2012 Financial Data, we'll look at this year's Top 25 college football teams. We've discussed ACC and SEC teams recently, so I have omitted those schools from the discussion. The USA Today informational database provides information on public universities only, so those teams' info obviously isn't shown here. The overall database can be found here. Each late- spring / early-Summer they update their database so we'll likely pick the FY '13 data when available and look at this data.

I pulled data for all schools that were ranked in the final football polls along with Clemson. This gives us a better idea of how Clemson compares to the better football playing institutions. After eliminating ACC, SEC, and private schools, we are left with ten universities. Obviously we included Clemson with the data.

I'll note that charts will be used throughout the article to allow better visualization of the data. All raw data can be found in the table shown near the end of this discussion. I'll also note that each school can do its accounting / reporting as it chooses. Thus some schools include fundraising data in their AD numbers--often because the AD runs the fundraising club. Clemson does not include IPTAY numbers in its reporting for various reasons.

In order to fully digest the finances, you really have to plow through more detailed and granular financial data. We do this for Clemson each year. This article does not tackle the issue to this level but is useful to gauge things and get general feelings about take this data for what it is and feel free to discuss below in the comments.


Ohio State rakes in a very impressive $142+ million dollars in cash while both Oklahoma and Wisconsin brought in over $100 million for the AD in FY '12. The $82 to $90 million revenue group includes Oregon, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, and Washington. Clemson and UCLA were in the low $70's range while Arizona State (approx. $60 mil) and UCF at $41 million brought up the tail end of the group.



The highest expense numbers fell out in a similar fashion to the revenue numbers above. Oklahoma moved down the list a bit and Oklahoma State up on the spenders. Most of the others maintained similar rank spots in terms of expenses along with our Tigers.



The profit numbers shook out as follows:


UCLA broke even while both Arizona State and Oklahoma State had an Athletics Department that ran a deficit. Ohio State was able to report an overall AD profit in excess of $17 million and OU over $10 million.


Clemson's overall ranking amongst ranked schools in terms of AD reported financial was near the bottom 10. Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin reported boatloads of cash flow. As you would expect, Central Florida was at the bottom of the heap. The overall data table can be seen below.

Ohio State 142,043,057.00 124,419,412.00 17,623,645.00
Oklahoma 106,456,616.00 96,250,328.00 10,206,288.00
Wisconsin 103,803,040.00 102,275,206.00 1,527,834.00
Oregon 94,635,829.00 89,709,350.00 4,926,479.00
Michigan State 93,946,707.00 88,100,432.00 5,846,275.00
Oklahoma State 87,270,598.00 96,782,619.00 -9,512,021.00
Washington 82,594,783.00 73,833,643.00 8,761,140.00
UCLA 71,731,776.00 71,731,776.00 0.00
Clemson 70,002,280.00 67,783,797.00 2,218,483.00
Arizona State 59,855,508.00 65,587,903.00 -5,732,395.00
Central Florida 40,993,870.00 40,009,614.00 984,256.00