9:34 am January 16, 2013, by David Markiewicz
The SEC is No. 1 again.
Not in football, but in how much its schools spend on athletes.
A USA Today story, drawing on work from the Delta Cost Project at the non-profit American Institutes for Research, which used federal and school data, shows median per capita spending on athletics at the Southeastern Conference’s public universities was $163,931 per athlete in 2010.
That total far eclipses the amount spent on each athlete at other conferences such as the Big 12, which came in second at $131,286. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Pacific 10 and Big East were relative laggards in their spending on athletics among NCAA Division 1 programs.
On the flip side, spending per student for academic purposes at SEC schools was considerably less than it was at other conferences.
SEC schools spent $13,390 per student on academics in 2010, far below the $19,225 spent per student on academics at the Big 10. The SEC did edge out the Sun Belt Conference schools in academic spending, however.
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