1,504,512 cherries

Just in case you were wondering, Forbes has compiled a list of the top twenty schools with the biggest athletic food budgets.

  1. University of Arkansas: $3.5 million
  2. Ohio State University: $3.1 million
  3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: $2.8 million
  4. University of Iowa: $2.8 million
  5. Texas A&M University, College Station: $2.7 million
  6. University of Texas, Austin: $2.6 million
  7. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: $2.5 million
  8. University of Kansas: $2.2 million
  9. University of Tennessee, Knoxville: $1.9 million
  10. University of Washington, Seattle: $1.9 million
  11. University of Georgia: $1.7 million
  12. University of Oklahoma, Norman: $1.7 million
  13. University of Maryland, College Park: $1.7 million
  14. Auburn University: $1.5 million
  15. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: $1.5 million
  16. Pennsylvania State University: $1.4 million
  17. Virginia Tech: $1.4 million
  18. University of Louisville: $1.4 million
  19. University of Oregon: $1.3 million
  20. Indiana University, Bloomington: $1.3 million

I have to say I’m a little surprised by the relatively low showing from SEC schools there.  Although that Arkansas budget — I can only wonder what Willie Williams might think.

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20 responses to “1,504,512 cherries

  1. Any spending list that doesn’t have Bama and Clem’s Son on it probably isn’t measuring right.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    Damn, what was Arkansas’s food budget when Jim Chaney was OC there?

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  3. Uglydawg

    FSU’s excellent partnership with the local Publix has allowed them to avoid making the list.
    From Nate Scott in an April 22, 2015 USA Today Sports story…..

    “While who knows how true or not this is, it does seem to make sense.
    Winston and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher couldn’t say that he was being gifted free food, because that could be construed as a violation of NCAA rules, so it made more sense to frame it as a juvenile mistake. Fisher memorably said that Winston wasn’t used to shopping at that supermarket and had been distracted when carrying out the crab legs.”

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  4. practicaldawg

    To be fair, 2/3 of Arkansas’s number was traditionally earmarked for Bielema’s meal per diem.

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  5. I would like to know the difference between the top 3 of 4 and the rest.
    To think that some of you think these folks are being taken advantage of.

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    • Would some of “these folks” receive more in an open market setting?

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      • Whether they would or would not doesn’t have any bearing on whether they are or are not being taken advantage of. They have other options but choose what they choose because they believe it ts the best one for them.

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        • Whether they would or would not doesn’t have any bearing on whether they are or are not being taken advantage of.

          You’ve managed to get that exactly backwards. Well done.

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          • I completely disagree.

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            • I know you do. Just say you don’t want to pay players and I won’t have to correct you.

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              • Not paying players a salary does not equal being taken advantage of.
                This article mentions just one of the many benefits they receive (one that other students on scholarship do not receive).

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                • You can stamp your feet all you want, but forbidding someone from receiving their fair market value for their worth is textbook exploitation.

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                • No one is forbidding someone receiving THEIR fair market value. They can do what ever they want before they sign their NLI. They choose to take the scholarship agreement at the institution of their choice. They are not compelled to do so and many were it not for that NLI would not be in any college ever. It was a good arrangement for both parties 50 years ago and it is a good arrangement for both parties today.

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                • Macallanlover

                  Yep, those poor babies. Even in a Tier 1 country of excesses, this is an off-the-charts, laughable First World complaint. Room, board, education, free medical, books, training , tutors, spending money, etc. Pitiful, exploited children. LMAO

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Arkansas!? Woo Pig Sooie!

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  7. Bryan Ramsey

    My guess is that it is total athletics and many of those Big 10 teams have like 30 sports (lacrosse, field hockey, wrestling, ice hockey, synchronized swimming etc.). That would push the budget up if total athletic department.

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  8. Are these dollar amounts based on select menu or a free for all buffet….i’m feelin’ a food fight comin’ on…

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  9. Honestly, Arky isn’t a surprise. Takes a lot of oil and a lot of fryers to cook up that much food

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