USA Today released a spreadsheet with the financial data of college athletic programs across the country, and it shows that the Arizona Wildcats produced the 41st-most revenue among public universities, generating roughly $95.8 million for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
That was up about $5 million from the year prior. The bad news is expenses rose from $91.7 million to $103.3 million, meaning the Wildcats were in the red for the third straight year.
Some notable things you can see on the report:
- Arizona spent $36.3 million on its coaching staff, about a $2 million increase from the year prior, which makes sense considering the hiring of Kevin Sumlin, the increased investment in his assistant coaching staff, and the extensions (and pay raises) of other UA coaches.
- Ticket sales dropped from $15.4 million to $13.8 million.
- The new mandatory student fee generated roughly $1.1 million in its first year of existence.
- UA received $23.2 million in donations, a $5 million increase from the year prior
- Arizona’s facility expenses rose from $13.0 million to $14.4 million.
- Arizona’s “other” expenses skyrocketed from $29.8 million to $39.7 million. Perhaps this includes Rich Rodriguez’s $6.3 million buyout?
Arizona ranked fifth among Pac-12 public schools (everyone but USC and Stanford) in revenue. Here is where the others rank on a national scale:
- UCLA, 21 ($130,960,560)
- Washington, 22 ($130,919,331)
- Oregon, 26 ($122,541,827)
- Arizona State, 29 ($113,636,755)
- Utah, 43 ($91,386,593)
- California, 44 ($91,247,489)
- Colorado, 45 ($89,581,544)
- Oregon State, 51 ($80,712,000)
- Washington State, 53 ($65,117,215)