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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Taking a look at the ACC's money makers

By Heather Dinich

The University of Maryland isn't the only school in the ACC that would struggle to scrape together enough money to pay athletes, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.

There's no question there's money flowing in the ACC -- Virginia Tech's revenue was last reported at $7.8 million. Virginia led the ACC with $10.9 million, but that figure didn't include a debt of $9,612,145 because it was considered a "reduction of liability," not an expense.

I picked two big, bad nonconference schools -- Alabama and Texas -- to compare what kind of mad cash is really flowing out there. Alabama last reported a revenue of $43.9 million, and Texas had $29.6 million. It's unimaginable, really. Now, there are a lot of other factors that go into all of this, and don't forget we're talking about entire athletic departments here, not just football programs. No way, no how do I profess to be an expert in line items. I'm just looking at the bottom line numbers that were filed, and the basics seem to indicate that most schools in the conference would have a tough time finding the spare cash to pay their players. Here's a look at the reported revenues for each school in the ACC, according to the most recent information from the DOE:

Virginia: $10.9 million
Virginia Tech: $7.8 million
Miami: $5.2 million
NC State: $3.1 million
Clemson: $1.4 million
Boston College: $1.2 million
Wake Forest: $888,960
Duke: $442, 226
North Carolina: $238,644
Maryland: $223,424
Florida State: Even
Georgia Tech: Even