YE OLDE notebook:
WVU has always done a fine job of staying within its means and turned a profit of $1,166,950 that year, not counting allocated revenue from the school, student fees or government.
The Mountaineer athletic program brought in around $62 million. Most of that was from ticket sales (28.3 percent), contributions (25.4) and NCAA distributions (16.8). Total operating expenses were $56,607,917. Most of that was spent on facilities (18.1 percent), student aid (14 percent) and salaries (12 percent).
A couple notes, though.
First, you can deep-six the notion that WVU's athletic department is "self-sufficient" for good. The program, according to the report, reaped over $4 million (6.61 percent of revenue) via student fees. It had $100,000 via "direct state or other government support." It received $52,392 via "direct institutional support."
Only four of the other 22 schools covering expenses received more allocated revenue.
This year's numbers? When reached on Thursday, Mike Parsons, WVU's deputy director of athletics, said those wouldn't be available until September. He added that "it will be tight" to again make a profit.
"The next week or two will tell us a lot," Parsons said. "We have [football] ticket revenue. Also, the checks from the [Big East] league will be coming in."
He's not expecting those checks to be as large as last year. The reason: No hoops Final Four.
Athletic director Mike Hamrick and company likewise received over $4 million via student fees. The program reaped no "direct state or other government support." It did, however, receive $2.7 million in "direct institutional support" and another $2.7 million in "indirect facilities and administrative support."
MU's travel tab of around $2.5 million accounted for 9.9 percent of the program's expenses. The Herd, of course, is a member of the far-flung Conference USA.
He said kids would be able to play on "inflatables." The organizers are trying another attempt at a flyover. They even tried to secure a clown, but said early this week the price quoted was "too high."