Wheel's Post on Debbie Yow

12/19/2009 8:06:10 PM Since Wheels was having trouble uploading his post; I've reprinted it here.  Feel free to comment underneath:

I’ve done a little research in my spare time this morning/afternoon.  I used
the United States Department of Education’s Equality in Athletics Database for
all financial figures reported below (these figures include only direct
revenue and expenses of the sports teams and are not total budgets, which can
be seen in the Bloomberg link at the bottom).  I used the ACC’s webpage for
all ACC sports/championship information starting from 1994, the year in which
Maryland hired Debbie Yow.  So the championship info includes 1994 to present.
Please note that some sports have shared championships and that not all ACC
schools offer the same sports (for example, there are only 4 men’s lacrosse
teams).  I used the NCAA’s website to identify national champions. One final
note, the ACC page for women’s soccer linked to the softball media guide, so I
do not include ACC women’s soccer championships below.

Lest anyone wonder who I am or think that I am some sort of Debbie Yow mole
who has infiltrated The Soup, here’s a little information about me (you can
even find me on Google if you look hard enough).  I am a professor of
management at a public university in New England, who graduated from Maryland
the same year that Gregg and Jeremy did.  I earned a PhD from the University
of Oklahoma, and I teach undergraduate, MBA, and PhD courses in organizational
behavior and human resource management.  I by no means am trying to impress
you with credentials, but some people on here have actually accused me of
hacking for Debbie Yow.  I think that my background demonstrates that I
believe in evidence and drawing conclusion from that evidence.  I will let you
all see the evidence below and draw your own conclusions about Debbie Yow
compared to other ADs in the ACC.  She is the 2nd longest currently serving AD
in the ACC behind Wake Forest’s AD. If you don’t like my evidence (which is
all publicly available), then show me yours (hopefully also publicly
verifiable). By the way, my semester ended this week…that’s why I have 4 hours
to spend on this Soup project.

The issues we’ve debated focus on how to define “success” for an AD.  Thus,
you’ll see I’ve included ACC and NCAA championships, size of the overall
program, and financial information.  I do not know how else to define success
other in hard metrics.  I cannot speak about “relationship” performance
because I cannot quantify it.  My conclusion is that if you think Debbie Yow
is a poor AD, then you’ll probably think that every other AD in the ACC is
pretty bad, too.  That said, let’s go to the info (and sorry it is so long):

ACC Sponsored Championship Sports: 25 (baseball, men’s basketball, women’s
basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey,
football, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, rowing,
men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming, women’s swimming,
men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s
indoor track, women’s outdoor track, volleyball, wrestling)

Boston College (1 men’s soccer)
Total ACC Championships: 1
Total National Championships: 0
Varsity Teams: 31
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $43.45M ($1.3M profit)

Clemson (2 baseball, 2 women’s basketball, 5 men’s golf, 1 women’s crew, 2 men
’s soccer, 1 women’s swimming, 1 men’s tennis, 2 women’s tennis, 6 men’s
indoor track, 5 men’s outdoor track, 1 women’s outdoor track, 2 volleyball)
Total ACC Championships: 30
Total National Championships: 1 (men’s golf)
Varsity Teams: 19
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $34.79M ($3.97M profit)

Duke (7 men’s basketball, 5 women’s basketball, 1 men’s cross country, 2 women
’s cross country, 1 men’s golf, 13 women’s golf, 6 men’s lacrosse, 1 women’s
lacrosse, 3 men’s soccer, 9 men’s tennis, 10 women’s tennis, 3 volleyball)
Total ACC Championships: 61
Total National Championships: 1 (men’s basketball), 5 (women’s golf), 1 (women
’s tennis)
Varsity Teams: 26
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $47.13M ($0 profit, -$22M
revenue/expenses with “non-allocated” revenue added to offset deficit)

Florida State (4 baseball, 2 women’s cross country, 10 football, 1 men’s golf,
8 softball, 1 men’s swimming, 1 women’s swimming, 8 men’s indoor track, 1
women’s indoor track, 7 men’s outdoor track, 2 women’s outdoor track, 1
volleyball)
Total ACC Championships: 46
Total National Championships: 1 (football), 3 (men’s outdoor track)
Varsity Teams: 17
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $36.12M ($1.3M profit)

Georgia Tech (3 baseball, 2 football, 7 men’s golf, 3 softball, 3 women’s
tennis, 1 women’s indoor track, 2 volleyball)
Total ACC Championships: 21
Total National Championships: 0
Varsity Teams: 17
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $31.82M ($0 profit, $14.86M in
“non-allocated revenue added)

Maryland (1 men’s basketball, 1 women’s basketball, 6 field hockey, 1
football, 3 men’s lacrosse, 6 women’s lacrosse, 3 men’s soccer, 1 softball, 1
women’s swimming, 4 volleyball, 2 wrestling)
Total ACC Championships: 29
Total National Championships: 1 (men’s basketball), 1 (women’s basketball), 4
(field hockey), 7 (women’s lacrosse), 2 (men’s soccer)
Varsity Teams: 27
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $32.27M ($280K profit)

Miami (1 baseball, 2 women’s indoor track, 2 women’s outdoor track)
Total ACC Championships: 5
Total National Championships: 1 (football), 2 (baseball)
Varsity Teams: 15
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $40.04M ($7.5M profit)

North Carolina (1 baseball, 5 men’s basketball, 8 women’s basketball, 3
women’s cross country, 6 field hockey, 3 men’s golf, 2 men’s lacrosse, 1 women
’s lacrosse, 1 men’s soccer, 1 softball, 5 men’s swimming, 7 women’s swimming,
1 men’s tennis, 1 women’s tennis, 2 men’s indoor track, 10 women’s indoor
track, 3 men’s outdoor track, 9 women’s outdoor track, 5 volleyball, 9
wrestling)
Total ACC Championships: 83
Total National Championships: 2 (men’s basketball), 1 (women’s basketball), 5
(field hockey), 1 (men’s soccer), 9 (women’s soccer)
Varsity Teams: 28
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $37.63M ($192K profit)

NC State (10 men’s cross country, 8 women’s cross country, 1 softball, 1
outdoor men’s track, 5 wrestling)
Total ACC Championships: 25
Total National Championships: 0
Varsity Teams: 24
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $26.87M ($709K profit)

Virginia (1 baseball, 1 men’s cross country, 1 football, 5 men’s lacrosse, 5
women’s lacrosse, 9 women’s crew, 6 men’s soccer, 1 softball, 10 men’s
swimming, 6 women’s swimming, 5 men’s tennis, 1 outdoor men’s track)
Total ACC Championships: 51
Total National Championships: 3 (men’s lacrosse), 1 (women’s lacrosse), 2 (men
’s soccer)
Varsity Teams: 25
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $44.69M ($3.4M profit)

Virginia Tech (3 football, 1 men’s golf, 2 softball, 2 women’s indoor track, 2
women’s outdoor track)
Total ACC Championships: 10
Total National Championships: 0
Varsity Teams: 17
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $35.74 ($1.98M profit)

Wake Forest (3 baseball, 2 men’s basketball, 1 men’s cross country, 1 women’s
cross country, 3 field hockey, 3 women’s golf)
Total ACC Championships: 13
Total National Championships: 3 (field hockey), 1 (men’s soccer)
Varsity Teams: 16
Total Athletic Department Expenses (2008-2009): $29.19M ($768K profit)

Ron Wellman: Longest serving AD in ACC (hired 2 years before Yow)
Salary Information of Athletic Directors by Conference:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aYYY_mDwYMkY&refer=us
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