Several months ago, the BCS announced the non-AQs would receive a record $24.7 million to split among themselves. That may be a record, but it is a pittance compared to the $145 million that collectively went to the automatic qualifying conferences.
At the time, the non-AQs had not announced how the money would be divided. BCS chief Bill Hancock provided that information to me when I asked for it. The Mountain West got the bulk of the money, and rightfully so because it had TCU in the Rose Bowl. Here is the breakdown:
Mountain West: $12,746,183
Sun Belt: $1,937,617
Remember, the five non-AQ conferences decided they would split any BCS money earned among themselves, and they decided on a formula for the distribution. Compare that to the $21.2 million the ACC, Big East and Big 12 each received, and the $27.2 million the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-10 each received. Quite a disparity.
Here is what the five non-AQs earned in 2009-10, when there were two representatives in BCS games:
Mountain West: $9,878,710
Sun Belt: $1,559,570