The financial divide within college athletics has long been extreme. In 2005, the University of Alabama’s total revenue sat somewhere just north of $62 million per year, while East Carolina’s was nestled near the $21 million mark. A decade later, that yawning chasm continued to deepen as the likes of Texas, Michigan and Ohio State boasted income figures well past the $150 million plateau, according to data compiled by the USA TODAY Network. In 2015, Alabama generated $148.9 million while East Carolina pulled in $48.9 million. So where does Southern Miss fall in this financial spectrum? Southern Miss was once a contemporary of East Carolina, both members of Conference USA in 2005. At the time, the Hattiesburg university trailed East Carolina in the revenue race by less than $3 million. Ten years later, Southern Miss has seen a 33 percent increase ($23.97 million in revenue in 2015, next-to-last among Conference USA institutions whose budgets are public record) while East Carolina, now an American Athletic Conference member, has experienced growth more than four times that rate. – Jason Munz, hattiesburgamerican.com – Read More
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