CLEMSON - Overall athletic department revenue and expenses remain at their loftiest levels in school history, but Clemson remains in the middle of the pack nationally in terms of money-making.
Clemson checks in as the No. 41 highest-grossing athletic department among Division I public universities for the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to USA Today's database released Wednesday night. Clemson's expenses were 39th-highest in the country.
Clemson's 2012-13 revenue ($69,061,398) ranks sixth in the ACC, which is now led by new conference member Louisville (18th nationally), Florida State, Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Revenue actually dropped at Clemson by $940,882 compared to 2011-12, but because Clemson's student fees have apparently not yet been reported, it's possible the Tigers' final gross revenue will exceed the prior year.
Clemson reeled in school-record amounts through ticket sales and rights/licensing revenue, but outside contributions decreased by nearly $3 million compared to 2011-12.
Meanwhile, Clemson spent a staggering $27 million on coaching and staff salaries, a figure which will continue to rise with ongoing contract extensions for Dabo Swinney and other notable coaches in the athletic department.
Here are the numbers for the 2012-13 fiscal year, followed by 2011-12:
REVENUE: 2012-13 | 2011-12
Ticket sales: $21,942,566 | $21,046,603
Contributions: $13,972,191 | $16,711,479
Rights/licensing: $26,097,053 | $25,717,160
Student fees: $0 | $1,545,424
School funds: $3,756,657 | $3,771,288
Other: $3,292,931 | $1,210,326
Total revenue: $69,061,398 | $70,002,280
EXPENSES: 2012-13 | 2011-12
Coaching/staff: $27,405,081 | $24,493,737
Scholarships: $11,239,631 | $10,939,865
Buildings/grounds: $4,905,711 | $6,371,303
Other: $23,540,664 | $25,978,892
Total expenses: $67,091,087 | $67,783,797