Economic Comparison Between BSU and Georgia

So far in the 30-Day Countdown series of articles leading up to the beginning of football season, we've seen feature stories about the programs from different angles and soon, we'll look at the matchups between Boise State and Georgia by position. First, we compare the two schools financially.

For those of you that have been bored thus far with clever writing and the psychology of sport this article is tailor made just for you. A numbers guy by trade I thought we all could use some comparative figures of the two programs and the two states. Provided are just the numbers, unless my input is absolutely impossible to contain (or required due to my inability to quantify facts).

The universities:

School Enrollment

BSU

UGA

Men

4,908

11,245

Women

5,539

15,167

(Writer's inquiry: What are all of the men doing in Georgia?)

Football Revenue and Expenses

BSU

UGA

Revenue

2,824,122

42,104,214

Expense

3,318,890

8,780,360

All-sports Revenue and Expenses

BSU

UGA

Revenue

13,862,701

46,971,058

Expense

13,786,921

43,745,514

Researching coaches' salaries I found some great information on Georgia but my luck with the salaries of assistant coaches for Boise State was not nearly as good. I will give it a go from memory from an article that I read a while ago.

Coach Richt recently signed a new contract keeping him at UGA through 2010. The buyout of $1.5 million dollars is a strong message that he does indeed want to stay at Georgia for the long-term. His base salary is $200,000 but he also receives $400,000 from Nike, $600,000 from media agreements, $100,000 from camps, and a number of other incentives for performance and longevity. Assistant coaches from Georgia are well compensated, but don't make nearly as much as some assistants coaches that we have heard about around college football. Assistant head coach Rodney Garner and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez each make $210,000 per year. Offensive coordinator Neil Callaway makes $156,000 and QB coach Mike Bobo receives $105,000. The average assistant coaches' salary for nine assistants is $138,271. Another mark of how wealthy a program is can be seen by how much staff they have for strength and conditioning. Boise State employs Jeff Pitman to head the program but has until recently only had one part-time assistant. Currently employed are Jared Aurich and Jordan McCoy. On the other hand Georgia employs a legend in Dave Van Halanger along with four assistants.

Coach Hawkins also signed a new deal in the last year that compensates him a minimum of $525,000 per year with performance incentives that could push his salary close to $900,000 in years that he also receives longevity bonuses. Since his hiring, Coach Hawkins has been the loudest supporter and greatest advocate for his assistant coaches. The best evidence of this is the fact that virtually none of them have left despite dozens of opportunities to do so. In his first contract he refused compensation for himself in order to use it to hire quality assistant coaches. Number one among them is offensive coordinator Chris Peterson. I don't recall compensation being disclosed in his first contract but the most recent contract showed him making as much or more than Hawkins did when he was first hired. The other assistants reportedly made amounts ranging from $35,000 to $110,000.

Moving on to the states, some population, growth, and density information:

Idaho

Georgia

Population 2003 est.

1,366,332

8,684,715

Population growth 2000 - 2003

5.6%

6.1%

Persons per square mile

15.6

141.4

(Writer's observation: It is a wonder we can even communicate with each other.)

Demographics:

Idaho

Georgia

White persons

91.0%

65.1%

Black or African American persons

0.4%

28.7%

Hispanic or Latino persons

7.9%

5.3%

Female persons

681,800

4,411,835

(Writer's observation: That is a whole lot of women! Georgia wins.)

Economic:

Idaho

Georgia

High school graduates

84.7%

78.6%

Bachelor's degree

21.7%

24.3%

Travel time to work

20.0

27.7

Home ownership rate

72.4%

67.5%

Median value home

106,300

111,200

Median household income

37,572

42,433

Persons below poverty level

11.8%

13.0%

Federal funds and grants

8,377,844

51,335,502

(Writer's observation: Idahoans are better at algebra but worse at calculus, more of us have mortgages for lesser amounts which is a good thing since we make 12% less which stinks for our 11.8% in poverty because we have fewer quarters to give.)

Agricultural:

Georgia's agricultural output is impressive. The country's #1 producer of chickens, eggs, and peanuts, they are also major producers of cotton and tobacco. Idaho's main agricultural contribution relates to vegetables (#5 producer) and dairy (#5 producer). The economic health of both states depends largely on agricultural health.

In closing, perhaps after the game September 3rd we can all celebrate a hard fought game between two evenly matched teams on the field even though all around them inequity persists. This is one fan that doesn't begrudge Georgia for its success on AND AROUND the field. I only hope that one day my Boise State Broncos can be compared financially and not just competitively.


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