Akron Wins National Championship as Efficient Athletic Department

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: July 11, 2011

The Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference have been crowned this year's national champion of the Excellence in Management Cup, presented by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The purpose of the EM Cup is to determine which athletic departments win the most championships in accordance to financial expenditures. The EM Cup awards athletic departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time have the lowest expenses.

This year's top five includes Texas A&M, 2010 winner Kent State, 2009 winner Utah State and Middle Tennessee State.

For the third straight year, the EM Cup results have shown that major universities may not be running as economically sound as their smaller counterparts. Nine of the top ten universities in the final standings are from non-BCS affiliated universities.

The Cup also recognized conference winners participating in Division I sports. Northwestern is named conference winner for the Big Ten, Florida is the top program in the SEC for the second straight year and Notre Dame took honors for the Big East.

Other conference winners include the University of Southern California (Pac 10), the University of Tulsa (Conference USA), BYU (Mountain West), the University of Maryland (ACC), Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt) and Utah State (WAC).

Scoring is calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of championships won by each Division I university. Because of the difficulty in winning national championships, the formula was adjusted last year to place more emphasis on programs that exceed on the national stage.

For a complete list of results and additional information of the Excellence in Management Cup results, please visit the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at http://lsia.tamu.edu.