Here are the 2008-2009 athletic department budgets for member schools of the Southeastern Conference. The data is presented in text format and in graphic format for a helpful comparison between the schools. Almost every SEC athletic department responded in a quick and professional manner over the last 10 days; however, some data has not been provided at press time. Once the information is received, the chart and text will be updated. When the 2009-2010 budgets are completed this summer, we’ll also update the data.
Alabama: UPDATE: Alabama provided the Actuals for the 2007-2008 budget on April 1. Alabama’s 2007-2008 budget actual was about $93 million. Alabama said the actual numbers for the 2008-2009 budget would be ready sometime in early July, when the new fiscal year begins.
Update 2: Helpful reader posted a link to data collected by the US government. The data isn’t for the latest budget year; however, it contains useful historic data. I used the historic data to create this chart for Alabama. As I mine more data, we’ll look to create other charts.
Arkansas: The Arkansas Razorbacks 2008-2009 fiscal budget was $51,757,000.
Auburn: UPDATE: On April 1, Terry Windle returned my call and provided Auburn’s total budget number including everything. According to the message left on my cell phone, Auburn’s total athletic budget was $75,211,000.
The Auburn Tigers 2008-2009 athletic department budget allocated $48,641,097 for athletic department expenses. The 2007-2008 athletic department budget spent $46,563,946. The 2008-2009 and 2007-2008 data came from budget files provided by Auburn that contained only expenditures, and not a breakdown of athletic department revenue.
Florida: The Florida athletic department budget for 2008-2009 was $83,120,052. The 2007-2008 Florida athletic department budget was $76.982 million; however, the Gators actually spent $102,006,816 on total revenue of $91,243,428 in 2007-2008.
Georgia: The Georgia athletic department has a $76,278,280 budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Wildcatsâ€™ athletic department budget for 2008-2009 was $67 million.
LSU: The LSU athletic department had a 2008-2009 budget of $75,800,000.
Mississippi: The 2008-2009 athletic department budget for Ole Miss was $34.4 million.
Mississippi State: Mississippi State Universityâ€™s athletic department had a 2008-2009 athletic department budget of approximately $30 million.
South Carolina: The University of South Carolina had a 2008-2009 athletic department budget of $65 million.
Tennessee: The University of Tennesseeâ€™s athletic department budget for 2009 was $86,000,000. The University of Tennesseeâ€™s athletic department budget for 2008 was $77,960,000.
Vanderbilt: UPDATE:For comparison, the Vanderbilt 2007-2008 budget numbers reported to the U.S. Department of Education was $45,521,855.
The Vanderbilt Commodores have not determined if they will release the athletic department budget. The athletic department informed the Capstone Report that university administrators must approve release of the records. The Capstone Report has requested the 2008-2009 fiscal year budget, and will publish it if Vanderbilt makes it available.