The Mayor of Dewitt
- Aug 15, 2011
How much does Syracuse spend on each of its sports? Six programs rank in the Top 10 in the country in spending.
2017-18 spending: $25 million (45th in the country)
2016-17 spending: $22 million (50th in the country)
Who ranks No. 1? Alabama ($62.9 million)
ACC rank: 9 (Florida State is No. 2 at $57.7 million)
Notes: Football is the only sport in which Syracuse ranks in the bottom half of the ACC in spending.
The fact that the Orange went 10-3 last year and finished ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 is especially impressive considering the team that ranked No. 15 in spending was Michigan, which spent $43.5 million.
Still, the five-spot climb in spending ranking is the largest boost that Syracuse had in any single sport, and the spending should increase in future years as head coach Dino Babers’ new contract is added to the mix.
Babers and athletic director John Wildhack have talked about making targeted investments in critical areas of the football program, a reality that is indicated by the Orange’s small boost up this list from last year and the $3 million increase in football spending.
It's worth noting that while Syracuse ranks ninth in the ACC, only three teams (Florida State, Clemson and Miami) spend substantially more. Most of the league reports spending amounts within $3 million of Syracuse's total.
The football program is one of two sports at the school that turn a profit.