Florida State Director's Cup Finish: Continuing To Do More With Less

April 14, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher during the first half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

When considering Florida State’s athletic programs, one common theme might come to mind: doing more with less.

This is a modern day mission statement for most companies looking to get the best return on their investment and it’s a practice that FSU seems to employ on a yearly basis, more by need rather than design.

After the jump, let’s take a look at some of the financial comparisons between universities and then focus in on what FSU has accomplished this year with their limited resources.

GREENSBORO, NC - Two ACC schools finished in the top 10 of the final 2011-12 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings: Florida State in fifth and North Carolina in eighth. In addition, two other schools finished in the top 16: Virginia and Duke in 15th and 16th, respectively.


For the 11th consecutive year, four or more ACC institutions have placed in the top 30. The ACC is also one of only two leagues with four or more schools in the top 20.

In the league's 59-year history, ACC institutions have captured 127 team national championships and 249 individual NCAA Titles.

Notable accomplishments by the ACC and its 12 member institutions:

• The ACC is one of three leagues to place multiple schools in the top 10
• The ACC is one of only two leagues with four or more members in the top 20
• 52 teams from ACC schools finished in the top 10 of their respective sports nationally (an increase from last year)
• 94 teams from ACC schools finished in the top 25 of their respective sports nationally
• Every ACC school had at least one team finish in the top 10
• This year marks the 11th consecutive year that the ACC has placed four or more schools in the top 30

"The ACC's member institutions continue to be among the best in intercollegiate athletics while also maintaining a high level of academic standards," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The Learfield Sports Director's Cup Final Standings truly exhibit the ACC's commitment to athletic excellence."

Florida State claimed the league's top spot, finishing fifth overall with 1,061 points. The Seminoles' season was highlighted by top 10 finishes in seven sports: Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Women's Cross Country, Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Baseball and Men's Golf. FSU also captured its first ACC Men's Basketball Title.

North Carolina finished in eighth overall with 1,005.5 points. The Tar Heels captured the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Title and finished among the top 10 in eight other sports: Men's Basketball, Field Hockey, Women's Soccer, Women's Golf, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis.

Virginia was 15th with 910 points. Virginia Rowing captured the 2012 NCAA Championship and was among the Cavaliers' seven teams with top 10 finishes: Women's Soccer, Women's Golf, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis.

In 16th place was Duke with 894.5 points. The Blue Devils had eight teams in top 10 of their respective sports, including national runners-up Women's Soccer. Other teams were Women's Lacrosse, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Tennis, Men's Tennis, Fencing, Field Hockey and Women's Basketball.

Maryland also finished in the top 30 (27th at 650.5 points). The Terps captured the 2011 Field Hockey NCAA Title and sent both the Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams to the Final Four for a second consecutive year.

Two more ACC schools finished in the top 40 - Virginia Tech in 35th and NC State in 37th. Following the Wolfpack were Clemson (54), Miami (59), Boston College (60), Georgia Tech (72) and Wake Forest (92).

Just how far behind (financially) is FSU relative to the other name brand teams in the NCAA you might ask? Well, thanks to some impressive work by Kristi Dosh with The Business of College Sports (for a full list click here) we can give you that exact answer. Here is a small snapshot of the top 10 money makers as far as profit margin. **Please note that these are all football revenues. Basketball does not even make an appearance on the list until Louisville at #21 and the first ACC basketball school is Syracuse at #41.

Rank

School

Revenue

Expenses

Profit

1

Texas

$93,942,815

$25,112,331

$68,830,484

2

Georgia

$70,838,539

$18,308,654

$52,529,885

3

Penn State

$70,208,584

$19,780,939

$50,427,645

4

Michigan

$63,189,417

$18,328,233

$44,861,184

5

Florida

$68,715,750

$24,457,557

$44,258,193

6

LSU

$68,819,806

$25,566,520

$43,253,286

7

Alabama

$71,884,525

$31,118,134

$40,766,391

8

Tennessee

$56,593,946

$17,357,345

$39,236,601

9

Auburn

$66,162,720

$27,911,713

$38,251,007

10

Oklahoma

$58,295,888

$20,150,769

$38,145,119

So where is FSU in relation to these top money makers? Take a look:

Rank

School

Revenue

Expenses

Profit

99

FSU

$18,958,861

$16,345,376

$2,613,485

From just this simple snapshot, if you don’t walk away from this article with anything else, just know that Florida brings in about $41,000,000 a year more in profit, give or take a few hundred thousand than FSU (IN JUST FOOTBALL). ….and Jimbo Fisher is now on a two-game winning street against them.

Just how efficient is FSU’s athletic program, you might ask, now that we have an idea of where the ‘Noles are financially. Let’s take a look:

FSU’s football success really got rolling in the late 80’s with a scrappy coach named Bobby Bowden. We all know the story behind that, but what’s also interesting is how the rest of FSU’s athletic programs began to pick up in the mid-90’s under a man named Dave Hart.

From 1995 up until the year 2007, when he became a sacrificial lamb for some of FSU’s problems, Dave helped double FSU’s athletic department budget. During that same span of time, the ‘Noles had 10 different athletic programs with 35 ACC championships. That’s an average of almost 3 ACC championships per year. No matter who you are or what conference you are a part of, that’s impressive work.

Fast forward to 2012, and it is pretty mind-boggling that our ‘Noles are still just killing it on the athletic trail. With only a fraction of the financial resources of the vast majority of D1 teams, FSU finished at #5 in the director’s cup this year. That is simply amazing.

2011-2012 FSU Moments of the Year (via flstateseminoles)

Florida State finished the Cup standings with 1,061 points. The ‘Noles had top 10 finishes in seven sports: Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Baseball and Men’s Golf. On top of all that, FSU also captured its first ACC Men’s Basketball Title.

The top 5 teams in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directos’ Cup were:

#1 Stanford, #2 Florida, #3 UCLA, #4 Ohio State, and #5 the most awesome school ever.

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