Utah State ranks among most economically efficient athletic departments in nation

LOGAN, Utah – For the third year in a row, Utah State has been recognized as one of the most efficient athletic departments in the nation as it placed fourth for the Excellence in Management Cup, presented by Texas A&M’s Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA). Utah State won the national championship in 2009 and finished third nationally in 2010. The purpose of the Excellence in Management Cup is to determine which athletic departments win the most championships in accordance to financial expenditures. The EM Cup awards athletic departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time have the lowest expenses. The University of Akron is this year’s national champion, followed by Texas A&M, Kent State, Utah State and Middle Tennessee. “Our continued successes both on and off the fields of competition are a tribute to our coaches, student-athletes and staff,” Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said. “Our mission is to produce quality student-athletes, who not only win championships, but also graduate and make positive contributions to our community and to the world. “To be ranked among the top four economically efficient institutions in each of the last three years is a continued indicator of the return on investment that our university community, students and stakeholders receive in exchange for their support of Aggie Athletics.” During the 2010-11 academic year, Utah State won Western Athletic Conference championships in men’s basketball, women’s soccer, and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. USU also finished second in women’s cross country, and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field. For the third straight year, the EM Cup results have shown that major universities may not be running as economically sound as their smaller counterparts. Nine of the top ten universities in the final standings are from non-BCS affiliated universities. Scoring is calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of championships won by each Division I university. Because of the difficulty in winning national championships, the formula was adjusted last year to place more emphasis on programs that exceed on the national stage. For a complete lists of results and additional information of the Excellence in Management Cup results, please visit the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at http://lsia.tamu.edu. -USU-

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