In a continuation from the recent UCA board retreat, more explanation was given by UCA Athletic Department Director Brad Teague about the money used by the department, where it came from and where it went, during the UCA faculty senate meeting Thursday.
Saying that the senate wanted to "be on the same team," Faculty Senate President Kevin Browne pointed out that he was pleased that the two departments were able to come together and share the same facts about the athletic budget in comparison to the rest of the school.
The move in all sports to Division I competition from Division II has provided the university with an increased athletics budget, Teague said. The increase, which is about $840,000, is covered by student fee funding. The senate agreed that a move toward transparency regarding this would be helpful and not consistent with some other schools in the state.
Teague pointed out that UCA is in the bottom one-third of budgets in the 14-member Southland Conference, operating with about a $9.4 million budget. The move to Division I required more sports and more coaches and assistant coaches for those sports, which led to an increase in overall salaries. The salaries paid to coaches consists of 31 percent of the entire athletic budget, with another 31 percent being used for athletic scholarships.
Bolter said he and other officials met recently, and athletics agreed to go through the same process of getting new money as all other departments. That means the pay raises would have gone to a committee and at least had an advisory process, Bolter said at the board retreat.
The program also brings in money from contracts for big games Teague is putting together. In the coming years, games with Texas Tech, Colorado and Kansas State will net UCA about $400,000 a piece, Teague said.
There is value in athletics and in academics, Teague said. He talked about his program’s ability to keep students in school, get them on-campus housing and recruit students, pointing out that UCA is first in academic acheivement by its athletes in the conference.
Teague also said the money from the recent pouring rights contract would equal about $1.2 million with $500,000 up front and an additional $70,000 per year for 10 years.