WKU Named One of Nation's Most Fiscally Efficient Athletic Departments

Todd Stewart

July 31, 2013

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU has placed 12th in the nation in the Excellence in Management Cup, which annually reviews the nation's athletic departments in terms of maximizing fiscal resources while providing results in the form of championship wins. The study is presented by Texas A&M University's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA).

It marks the fourth consecutive year that WKU has ranked in the top 25 in the nation in the rating. WKU placed seventh in the nation among the 57 teams in the "Group of Five Conferences."

"It is nice to be recognized for having a successful, responsible and efficient athletics department," said Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. "All the credit goes to our coaches, administrative staff and student-athletes. While we must continue to grow our resources, we must also maximize them, and I am confident we are doing that."

The purpose of the EM Cup is to determine which university athletic departments are maximizing fiscal resources leading to championship victories. In essence, the cup awards departments that win the most conference and national championships while at the same time have the lowest expenses.

In recent years, the EM Cup has shown that small to mid-size universities that spend money wisely are just as effective in winning titles compared to their larger counterparts.

The scores are calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of conference and national championships won by each FBS university. For the complete list of rankings for the EM Cup, visit the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics' website http://lsiasports.com.

Established in 2003, The Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics is an interdisciplinary research and training laboratory supported by the Division of Sport Management program in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. The Laboratory examines major concepts and issues related to the management and conduct of all levels of intercollegiate athletics.