An analysis by state auditors provided some interesting insights into one of our state’s college sports programs.
Southern Connecticut State University’s (SCSU) sports programs got a clean bill of health from state auditors, but taxpayers did get an inside look on how it delves out funds.
Spending on men’s and women’s sports overall at Southern Connecticut State University is roughly equal.
The three biggest sports in terms of spending are football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.
However, last year the football program had double or more the expenses of men’s and women’s basketball for the following items (amounts rounded):
- $395,000 for coaching salaries, benefits and bonuses
- $56,000 for equipment, uniforms, and supplies
- $36,000 for non-travel student athlete meals
SCSU did spend about $300,000 on student aid for women’s basketball the last fiscal year, about 25 percent more than men’s basketball and football players received.
In terms of revenues football did not draw dramatically more, except for the aid it gets from the school.