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Section 116
04-15-2007, 01:06 PM
Here is an extract from an article regarding Butler and the escalating costs of retaining a head coach. Gonzaga seems to have perfected the model for fund raising and retaining a coach of Few's caliber, a model other "mid majors" would like to follow. Here is the extract with the link to article following:

Small school, big money

Gonzaga is an example of what a successful men’s basketball program can do for a small school. Since its basketball program started to excel a decade ago, enrollment has dramatically increased. In the last eight years, Gonzaga enrollment has increased 68 percent, with a student population of 4,200.

Gonzaga’s president, the Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, said the academic quality of students has also dramatically increased during that period, and the school is better able to attract top-notch educators.

But Gonzaga’s success has come at a cost Butler has not yet been willing to pay. From 2000 to 2006, Gonzaga saw its men’s basketball coach’s salary increase from $200,000 to more than $600,000, according to school records.

Sports business experts aren’t sure exactly how Gonzaga is pulling off the feat. It can’t rely on football revenue like Ohio State and many other large schools, and Gonzaga’s basketball venue seats only 6,000, just over half of Hinkle Fieldhouse’s 11,034.

“Gonzaga is an interesting case study,” Sheehan said. “I’d say they’ve been very successful tapping into their corporate and alumni base because their actual sports revenue streams—including basketball—[are] limited.”

Sheehan said it’s a model Butler could follow, but doing so could imperil its conference brethren.

“Gonzaga has really tipped the scales in the West Coast Conference, and now you’re seeing other schools there scrambling to compete,” Sheehan said. “And in most cases, those schools really can’t afford that kind of financial commitment.”

http://cms.ibj.com/ASPXPages/6iframes/FrontEndArticlesDetailPage.aspx?ArticleID=01257&NoFrame=1

applezag
04-15-2007, 01:48 PM
[QUOTE=Section 116;20744]“Gonzaga has really tipped the scales in the West Coast Conference, and now you’re seeing other schools there scrambling to compete,” Sheehan said. “And in most cases, those schools really can’t afford that kind of financial commitment.” [QUOTE]

So what is Sheehan trying to say? Be careful not to bury your competition too much? Lame excuse.

sittingon50
04-15-2007, 03:38 PM
I thought exactly the same thing, apple.

gamagin
04-15-2007, 05:43 PM
here's a story about Fla.'s two national champ coaches.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2007/04/08/a1b_coaches_0408.html


as to where the money comes from, this article says:

"Coaches' salaries are not paid by the university, but by the University Athletic Association, a private, non-profit corporation that is also supported by boosters. The UAA collects salary money from several sources, including television and radio rights deals, sponsorships and agreements with apparel companies."