Seton Hill, one of the two Pennsylvania schools in the conference, had by far the top budget that year, essentially breaking even with roughly $6.26 million in revenues and expenses. West Virginia Wesleyan was second, bringing in about $5.22 million and spending $4.63 million, followed by the University of Charleston with revenues of $4.8 million and expenses of $4.75 million.
If you haven't noticed, those are the three private institutions among the nine WVC schools that play football.
Among the public colleges, Shepherd, West Liberty, Concord and Fairmont all had revenues and expenses in the $3-3.5 million range. But Glenville had barely $2 million in revenue and West Virginia State lagged way behind everyone with just $1.58 million in revenue and expenses. None of the nine lost money on athletics, according to the EADA, but that doesn't mean they didn't have to shell out money that the EADA counts as revenue.
West Virginia State's budget was so small that even among the non-football schools it ranked next-to-last in the WVC, ahead of only Bluefield, which spent just a shade over $1 million. The Yellow Jackets reported football expenses and revenue of less than $500,000, compared to UC's $1.53 million.
What all of that means I'm not quite sure except that money isn't the driving force behind the proposed split. Seven of the eight non-football schools are spending more money on athletics than West Virginia State is even with a football program. And Glenville is also right about the same. There is a far more pronounced difference in spending between the private and public schools.
All of which is sure to be a major topic of conversation as those schools decide when - and if - to move forward.
And finally, no more math.
West Virginia got a football commitment Monday night from what is becoming an unusual source - West Virginia. Spring Valley fullback Elijah Wellman was offered a scholarship and accepted.
Assuming Wellman does so, he will be the first from a state high school to sign a letter of intent on signing day since Cody Clay in 2011. That will also make him the first West Virginian signed by Holgorsen and his staff.
Before you jump on the Holgorsen-doesn't-want-state-kids bandwagon, though, consider that in his four signing classes West Virginian Bill Stewart signed only five state players who have played or are on the roster - Clay, Wes Tonkery in 2010, Cole Bowers and Taige Redman in 2009 and Josh Jenkins in 2008. And another West Virginian, Rich Rodriguez, signed seven in his first recruiting class in 2001, but then just nine in the next six years, three of whom never played a snap.
So that's 11 state players who actually signed and played in the last 10 years.
Sorry, I lied. There is math: By my calculations, Holgorsen isn't too far off the average.
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