The following is an official press release from University of Idaho Athletics Media Relations.
David can beat Goliath – even in this day and age.
The award, given annually since 2008-09, honors the athletic department that best demonstrates effective spending in correlation with championships earned. Information is drawn from the NCAA Championships database and the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis. Institutions are ranked on how much they spend per championship.
In 2013-14, the Vandals won eight championships with a departmental budget of $15 million. Idaho’s championships were: women’s basketball (regular-season and tournament titles), women’s cross country, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis.
“I am extremely proud that we, at the University of Idaho, can provide championship athletic and academic experiences for our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Dr. Rob Spear said, “while at the same time maintaining our fiscal responsibility to the institution, our donors and our fans.”
The EM Cup was established in order to address a common issue within intercollegiate athletics: Are athletic departments practicing effective spending methods in correlation with number of championships earned? The purpose of the EM Cup is to bring awareness to NCAA athletic departments that are maximizing fiscal resources through championship victories. In other words, the less money spent in relation to number of championships won, the more points are earned.
“This is a credit to our coaches and student-athletes but also recognizes our department operates with the utmost efficiency while maintaining its effectiveness,” Spear said. “We do more with less and that is very rewarding to me and is a tribute to our entire staff.”
Idaho also was the 2013-14 Western Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup champion.In previous EM Cup rankings, Idaho was 13th in 2012-13 and ninth in 2011-12.
2012-2013: Colorado (#2 Oregon, #3 SDSU)
2011-2012: Kent State (#2 Western Kentucky, #3 Alabama)
2010-2011: Akron (#2 Texas A&M, #3 Kent State)
2009-2010: Kent State (#2 Western Kentucky, #3 Utah State)
2008-2009: Utah State (#2 Kent State, #3 Louisiana Tech)