Report: 24 public schools met NCAA's benchmark for self-sufficiency

An analysis of the 2013–14 school year by USA Today found that only 24 of 230 Div. I public schools met the NCAA's benchmark for self-sufficiency.
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An analysis of the 2013–14 school year by USA Today found that only 24 of 230 Division I public schools met the NCAA's benchmark for self-sufficiency.

All 24 schools that did meet the benchmark were from the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12. The NCAA defines self-sufficiency as when an athletic department's generated operating revenues are at least equal to its total operating expenses. The revenues do not include money brought in from student fees, university funding or direct government support, according to USA Today.

Oregon's athletic department led the way with a total revenue of $196,030,398, which included "in-kind facility gifts of $95 million," according to the analysis. Oregon's total expenses were $110,378,432, making for an $83.5 million surplus. 

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Texas, Michigan, Alabama and Ohio State round out the top five in total revenue. 

For total expenses, Texas was on top with a total of $154,128,877, followed by Michigan, Auburn, Wisconsin and LSU.

From USA Today

The Atlantic Coast Conference, the other member of the Power Five, did not have any schools meeting the NCAA benchmark, though North Carolina State came close, with a deficit of just more than $165,000. That means athletics departments at schools in conferences outside the Power Five all ran deficits—and four of the six largest are from schools in the C-USA, AAC and Mountain West.

Full school-by-school data, which USA Today gathered in conjunction with Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center, can be found here.

- Molly Geary