Probably not too surprising we'd rank last, but I dug up the numbers just to be sure.
Mountain West Conference football expenses:
The TCU Frogs are, by far, the biggest spenders on their football program in the MWC and, in fact, of all non-BCS football programs. TCU is also ranked a remarkable 31st nationally of ALL institutions just behind Florida State and ahead of programs like Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Oregon and Michigan State, among others.
Not only is TCU good, year in and year out, they've got relatively deep pockets to ensure they stay that way.
With TCU, the Mountain West had four of the top five spending non-BCS football programs – BYU (third), San Diego State (fourth) and Utah (fifth). With Utah leaving the MWC and destined for bigger revenues as well as expenses, let's not discuss them further.
Where does Boise State stack up with the remaining MWC members financially? Dead last. For now.
Football program expenses:
Air Force (doesn't report)
Boise State $5,365,282
Source: U.S. Department of Education's Equity in Athletics report
As we know, money doesn't necessarily buy success on the field but it doesn't hurt. Facilities, recruiting, scholarships, coaching salaries,
prospect's family gifts, travel,operating expenses, etc. all add up.
Currently we're 5th in spending in the WAC, and a surprisingly low 32nd out of the 51 non-BCS schools. Obviously we're getting a good bang for our buck, but eventually we'll need some more MONEY!
Go Boise State, Inc.