USF just sits with their big endowment, and loves to look at it never spending a penny. They never had a vision. We fired good coaches in both power sports, because the administration didn't like that they were getting more powerful then them. I don't know if there is time to catch up now....I sure hope so but its looking awfully dark these days for the future.
Research shows that elite athletics success has a significant increase in private contributions to the entire university, not just athletics. This research suggests that successful athletics may help grow private donations and thereby the total university endowment (Walker, 2015). As for research grants in relation to athletics, controlling for university background characteristics such as years of existence, public/private, and endowment past studies found that athletic success has a positive relationship with enhanced academic research following such success, meaning as the institutions were more successful athletically their academic research increased as well (Keyton, Reifman, & Warnick, 2012). Interestingly, also found to exist was a positive relationship between endowment size and research funding in relation to athletics success (positive relationship)
Athletic Subsidies & University Endowments: P5 vs G5
Independent of conferences, institutions with larger athletic budgets are those institutions that have more financial means in terms of academic research and private...