more than $184G on Bowl
by Ted Sherman
and Josh Margolin
Monday March 02, 2009, 9:05 PM
Rutgers University collected $1.2 million for its trip to the
PapaJohns.com Bowl last December. But by the time expenses were
paid and the coaching staff given its performance bonuses, the
school lost more than $184,000, according to reports filed with
the NCAA. . . .
The state university
has come under criticism in the past by its own auditors over
its post-season bowl appearances. An internal audit report last
year said the athletics department underreported its expenses
for the 2005 Insight Bowl, while reclassifying some expenses
-- including hotel rooms for radio personnel, T-shirts, and press
services -- into the athletic department's promotions accounts.
In May, the New Jersey
state auditor issued a report finding that the university violated
its own travel-expense policies, paying airfare, hotel and per
diem expenses for spouses, guests and children of the athletic
staff at the 2006 Texas Bowl. The auditor, who reports to the
state Legislature, also cited $11,000 that paid for in-room movies,
valet parking, room service and phone charges.
The costs of the Papajohns.com
Bowl included $282,610 to send 205 members of the Rutgers football
team and staff to Birmingham for six days; $165,799 for 187 members
of the band and cheerleading squads, who went for three days,
and $28,950 for 21 members of the faculty, administration and
athletics department. Food and lodging expenses totaled $263,334.
The bowl game triggered
$268,365 in performance bonuses and other compensation for the
head coach Greg Schiano and his staff. Rutgers was obligated
as well to buy 10,000 tickets to the game, although it sold less
than half of them, absorbing $214,000 in tickets. . . .
Sports economist Andrew
Zimbalist said it is very typical for the lower-tier bowl games
in college football to lose money.
"The payouts are
low and its shared within the conference," he noted. "They
can give all the hype to it that they want, but it's not a profit-making
opportunity. It's mostly a big Christmas party."
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