Here's some random observations I had.
1) I forgot just how much Texas State outspent everyone in the Southland. If you follow the link, you can see other schools from the SLC, Lamar (13,223,750 total athletic budget) and Sam Houston (11,260,127). So four of last's years SLC schools are included and it is no contest. I now remember how this was the case when I was an undergrad and thought then it was just a matter of time.
It also raises the question of why they weren't as competitive overall. Unlike us, who failed to sponsor 3 of the SLC-sponsored sports, they only missed out on men's tennis, yet didn't have the athletic success they should have based on budgets.
It also shows just how competitive we were in funding our programs. Subtracting football, Lamar spent 10,113,659 and Sam spent 8,558,070. We know we outspent SELa and Nicholls and likely CArk and TAMU-CC as well, so we were a really well funded athletic program in the SLC. We are already ahead of three schools in the SBC and my hope is we give our programs the funds they need to stay competitive in whatever conference they are in.
2) What the hell is going on in Monroe? 9,417,622 total athletic budget? This is exactly the route I want to avoid if football comes into the equation. By far and away, UL-M has the lowest non-football budget, 2.8 million lower than Arkansas-Little Rock. No wonder their men's basketball team has three wins this year and is on pace for their third consecutive last place finish and haven't had a winning season since '06-'07. Same for most every sport they offer. Their attempt to be compete at the higher level just isn't there. This would be a middle of the pack SLC budget. Just another case study proving the addition of football doesn't increase the fundraising of the department. Their football team had their first winning season since the move up from 1-AA. That happened in 1993.
3) The average cost for a football program in the SBC is 5,025,550. For the 1-AA's on their prospective candidate's list, the average is 4,229,682 (high of 8,424,492 from Liberty and a low of 2,364,352 from Missouri State).
4) UTA's Men's basketball team was funded pretty low compared to the SBC peers, 8th overall, but has been performing well on the court. The women's team is funded 6th overall, and almost on the same level as the men, yet have been doing poorly. Proof money doesn't guarantee wins.