WKU ranked 16th overall among 128 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) members and placed second among current Conference USA members behind Rice.
"We are very proud of this distinction among the nation's FBS programs," WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. "It recognizes that we are winning championships on the field and doing so in an efficient manner in a very financially-competitive landscape. This is a credit to our coaching staffs and entire athletic department in a time in which we must maximize our resources."
The purpose of the Excellence in Management Cup, a study by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics now in its sixth year of existence, is to determine which athletic departments are maximizing fiscal resources leading to championship victories.
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 FBS university. Points are awarded to athletic departments that win conference and national championships while efficiently allocating money to win these championships.
In 2013-14, WKU won conference championships in soccer, volleyball, women's indoor track and field, women's basketball, men's swimming and diving and women's outdoor track and field. Nine WKU programs have totaled 11 conference championships over the last two years.
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