Excellence in Management Study Recognizes Three MAC Institutions

Updated 8/15/2009

Balancing the fine line of fiscal responsibility with building a comprehensive athletic program that wins championships is a challenge that universities across the country battle on an annual basis. Based upon a recent study by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA), the Mid-American Conference can turn to three member institutions that have been recognized for their collective efforts. Kent State University ranked second overall in the study, while the University of Akron finished fourth in the results and Miami (Ohio) University finished ninth overall.

The 2009 Excellence in Management Cup ranks athletic departments in accordance to financial expenditures, rewarding departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time keeping expenditures low. The scores are calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of conference and national championships won by each Football Bowl Subdivision university.

"To have an outside organization commend our university's financial staff and how we do our athletic business is a great honor and tremendous recognition that our entire university can share in," said Laing Kennedy, Kent State's Director of Athletics. "This validates how we run our program not only from an athletic point of view, but from a business perspective as well."





2009 Excellence in Management Final Results
Rank School Conference

1. Utah State WAC

2. Kent State MAC

3. Louisiana Tech WAC

4. Akron MAC

5. BYU Mountain West

6. Utah Mountain West

7. Boise State WAC

8. Tulsa Conference USA

9. Miami (Ohio) MAC

10. SMU Conference USA