I don’t think “there’s no money to pay players” means what they think it means.

Or, perhaps more accurately, what they want you to think it means.

There’s no money. Also as a part of that article, a stunning stat about the AD:

Michigan, for example, employed 253 people in its athletic department at an average salary of $73,382.64 in 2010-2011, per state records. Just seven years later, in 2017-18, there are 368 employees (up 31.3 percent) at an average salary of $99,310.58 (up 26.1 percent).

Simply by maintaining 2011 levels of staffing—sure you can have that raise, AD employees—Michigan would have 11.4 million dollars left over annually, or 116,000 dollars per scholarship revenue sport athlete. They’d have 12k per athlete, period, including walk-ons.

I’m shocked, shocked that there’s bullshit going on here.


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19 responses to “I don’t think “there’s no money to pay players” means what they think it means.


    It’s not the Michigans, Georgias etc that won’t have the money.


  2. 92 grad

    In my eyes The P5 group is just a money laundering exercise. These huge media payments to the conferences are so obese the only answer to solve the problem of having too much cash is to take on more employees and throw as much money at them as possible. I know it’s more complicated than that, but I believe it’s the bottom line and it makes me sick.


  3. Adam Smith

    You’re a consumer of the product. Use your power as a consumer if the system pisses you off so much. Personally, I’m ok with it and a few hundred million other people are ok with it too. Best of luck on your crusade. Doesn’t seem to be working.


  4. DawgByte

    Senator Blutarsky sings “Obsession”. The only thing missing in this song is the letters N-C-A-A.


  5. Dawgincharlotte

    Here’s the thing. The AD’s growth of their adminispheres (my favorite made up word) just reflect Higher Ed admin growth campus wide. Huge problem for Universities that is much bigger than football.


  6. ASEF

    Michigan has 13 men’s varsity sports and 14 women’s. They’ve added at least a couple since 2011. And does that staff number include coaching staffs and does the average include coaching salaries?


  7. Russ

    Well, TBF Michigan’s economy had been booming. Hasn’t it?


  8. AusDawg85

    Sharing wealth is for commies.