Some ACC schools get what they pay for

The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 4:10 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's biggest spenders are also some of its biggest winners on the football field.

There are a few bargains to be found, too.

An Associated Press review of the most recent gender-equity reports filed by the 12 ACC schools to the U.S. Department of Education shows that generally, success goes hand-in-hand with spending.

During the 2008-09 academic year, the most recent year with data available for all the schools, the programs that spent the most on football were Miami ($20.9 million), Boston College ($19.4 million), Clemson ($18.8 million) and Virginia Tech ($18.2 million).

BC, Clemson and Virginia Tech have combined to make six ACC championship game appearances and win two conference titles, both by the Hokies, since the league expanded to 12 in 2005.

"I don't think there's any question that if you're not willing to be competitive in absolutely everything ... from facilities, to assistant coaches' salaries to the amount of money you spend on recruiting and all those things - there's an absolute direct correlation to the success of your program," North Carolina coach Butch Davis said.

At the other end of the spending spectrum are Atlantic Division contenders Maryland and North Carolina State.

They each reported roughly $11 million in expenses that season, and reduced that total the following year. N.C. State spent $10.4 million in 2009-10 while Maryland's expenses were at $9.8 million.

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen told The AP that he finished last year roughly $80,000 under budget.

"Obviously, the more money you have, I think it does make an impact," he said. "I know I'm pretty frugal at things. I don't want to waste money.

"Obviously, we'd all like to have more money. My staff hasn't gotten a raise in a while. ... That's why I'm hoping to do well so I can get a bonus this year, so I can give it to my staff. Otherwise, I don't think it's going to be long before I start losing some of them."

Schools are required under the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act to file annual reports with the Department of Education on participation, staffing, revenues and expenses by both men's and women's teams in all sports.

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