AL.com, a Website for The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and other Alabama media, used the Knight Commission Database in its analysis of academic and athletic spending patterns for the public universities in Alabama. The analysis found:
“Every public Division I university in Alabama experienced athletic spending per college athlete grow at a faster rate than academic spending per student from 2007 to 2011, according to an AL.com analysis from a new college sports spending database.
"Alabama, Auburn, UAB and South Alabama each exceeded the athletic spending growth rate average among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, and Troy was slightly under the average. Only Alabama and Auburn surpassed the FBS average for academic spending growth.”
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