Rutgers fans generally admire West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck for his willingness to buck the Big East conference leadership. However, at a recent speaking engagement, Luck got the facts wrong when comparing Rutgers and West Virginia.
Generating revenue will be a huge challenge for all the Big East teams, Luck said, noting that Rutgers' athletic program had a $25 million deficit.
"Unlike Rutgers and most other schools, WVU has a self-financing athletic department. ...We are one of only 22 in the nation," Luck said, adding that it's his job to keep it that way.
That doesn't sound like an intentional dig, but Luck is wrong. The $25 million figure comes from combining $18m in institutional support and $7m in student fees. West Virginia's athletic department only receives slightly over $50,000 in inst. support, but also receives $4.1m in student fees. If student fees count as a deficit for Rutgers, they count for West Virginia.
Oliver, Rutgers fans like you; please just apologize, don't make the mistake again, and we'll move on. We have to focus on the real enemies in John Marinatto and the Big East's non-football athletic departments.
Either way, now Rutgers can feel far less guilty about gouging WVU fans for tickets this year.