USA Today has another college football haves and have-nots story that doesn’t really break much new ground, other than offer a little more emphasis on what the haves… um, have.
Colorado State’s athletic revenue was just under $40 million, which ranks in the top half of the Mountain West but is still $18 million less than Washington State, which ranked last among the Power Five’s public schools.
Twenty-eight Power Five schools reported athletic revenue of more than $100 million, with Texas A&M leading the way at nearly $195 million. Each of the Power Five conferences made payouts to their members ranging between from $42 million in the Southeastern Conference to about $29 million in the Pac-12.
The College Football Playoff distributed at least $60 million to each Power Five conference last season , with the Big Ten netting $70.9 million.
If you’re in a P5 conference, you ain’t starving. Washington State, mentioned above, just gave Mike Leach a five-year contract extension worth about $20 million.
They’re rolling in it, peeps. Those waterfalls and $10,000 lockers aren’t paying for themselves.