Study: Texas Athletics Nearly Outearned SEC-bound Texas A&M And Missouri Combined In 2011

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It should come as no surprise that the University of Texas takes in more money than any other Big 12 athletics program. After all, the school spent more than $9.2 million on its four highest-paid head coaches last year, which was more than the entire athletic budgets for 31 public D-I programs, according to a USA Today report.

But that same report shows just how drastically UT dwarfs the competition nationwide, too.

The Longhorns' athletic department brought in $150,295,926 in revenue over the course of the 2011 athletic year. The next closest competitor, Ohio State, finished more than $18 million behind at $131,815,821, while the second-highest Big 12 school, Oklahoma, brought in just over $104 million.

But even more interesting is how the Horns' finances compare to Texas A&M and Missouri, two schools who are bolting the Big 12 at least in part over the perceived competitive advantage that Texas has gained through uneven revenue sharing and its lucrative Longhorn Network. A&M and Missouri, which ranked third and seventh in the Big 12 in 2011 revenue, earned $151,443,062 combined. That's just $1.15 million more than UT alone.

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