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BPard

Money can't buy a championship

According to The Lafayette student newspaper.

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Pooling from the eight sports that every school shares, American University claims the most Patriot League Championships in the last ten years, totaling 19. But in terms of total expenditure on athletics, American has the lowest budget. Total expenditure includes coaches’ salaries, team operating expenses, athletic related student aid, recruiting expenses and subset expenses.
bison137

Re: Money can't buy a championship

BPard wrote:
According to The Lafayette student newspaper.

Quote:
Pooling from the eight sports that every school shares, American University claims the most Patriot League Championships in the last ten years, totaling 19. But in terms of total expenditure on athletics, American has the lowest budget. Total expenditure includes coaches’ salaries, team operating expenses, athletic related student aid, recruiting expenses and subset expenses.



Using only the 8 sports that every school shares means that football, men's lax, baseball, softball, women's lax, field hockey, and a number of other sports aren't included.  Essentially what this stat shows is that AU has done well in men's hoops and volleyball.     Eight of the championships are in volleyball, three in cross country, three in men's hoops, one in women's hoops.   Not sure about the other four.   I suspect that they haven't actually used the most recent 10 years in their calculation.
Franks Tanks

The idea here is interesting, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

A more apt comparison would be to look at spending related only to the sports she is measuring for championship tracking.  I believe the author uses total athletic spending, unless I missed something. American obviously doesn't have football, or hockey, which skews total athletic spending. In addition Army West Point and Navy do not have line items for athletically related aid, which is a problem as we can't compare apples to apples.
Bogus Megapardus

What is the author's point?

I hope the article in The Lafayette gets some students comments to keep the findings in context.  American spends significant scholarship money on Field Hockey and Volleyball.  The only other school that spends significantly on FH is Lafayette (and now Metro C. I suppose).  No one spends on Volleyball.  AU can take all the money it doesn't spend on Football, MLax, Baseball, Softball, Hockey, etc. and apply it to minor sports.

I seem to recall that Metro C. started an entire MLax program just so they could join the Patriot League.  I understand why American will never play football, but AU should be required by the league to participate in MLax (for which they already have a facility) plus Baseball and Softball (which AU now offers at the club level at a near-campus facility).

And when's the last time American University played a regular season game in any of their "sports" in front to 50K fans?  That counts for something.
Andy

Franks Tanks wrote:
The idea here is interesting, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

A more apt comparison would be to look at spending related only to the sports she is measuring for championship tracking.  apples.


Does she even realize that American came to the league with scholarship programs that competed and still compete in the league vs non-schol programs and is the major reason they won 8 straight FH titles and 8 straight (12/14) VB titles?

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