WKU Ranks as Second-Most Economically Efficient Athletic Department in Nation

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU has been recognized as one of the most economically efficient athletic departments in the nation for the 2011-12 athletic year, as the school placed second in the 2012 Excellence in Management Cup.

The purpose of the Excellence in Management Cup, a study by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics, is to determine which athletic departments are maximizing fiscal resources leading to championship victories.

Kent State claimed the top spot in the Excellence in Management Cup in 2012, followed by WKU, Alabama, Tulsa and San Jose State. Rounding out the top 10 were Utah State, Northern Illinois, California, Idaho and TCU.

The scores are calculated by a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of conference and national championships won by each Division I (FBS) university. Points are awarded to athletic departments that win conference and national championships while efficiently allocating money to win these championships.

In 2011-12, WKU claimed conference championships in men's cross country, women's cross country, volleyball, men's indoor track and field, men's basketball and men's outdoor track and field.