In Athletics, Ambitions Compete With Costs

Median budget deficit at less-elite programs tops $9-million

George Wolf for The Chronicle

Ken Beazer (in blazer), athletic director at Southern Utah U., has hired more than a dozen employees, including several coaches, as his budget grew by 68 percent. But he wants the athletics program to be more financially independent: "We can't go to the university with our hand out anymore."
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Nearly a third of the 125 athletic departments that compete just below the NCAA's elite level increased their spending by more than 40 percent during a recent five-year period, a Chronicle analysis of federal education data has found.

As expenses...

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