July 22, 2011
RUSTON - For the third consecutive year, Louisiana Tech has earned a spot in the top 10 in the Excellence in Management Cup, presented by Texas A&M's Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Louisiana Tech placed sixth in the standings and joins Kent State, Utah State and Boise State as the only four schools to earn a Top 10 finish in each of the last three years. Tech was third in 2009 and eighth last year.
The purpose of the EM Cup is to determine which athletic departments win the most championships in accordance to financial expenditures. The EM Cup awards athletic departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time have the lowest expenses.
"We are honored to receive this recognition," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "Louisiana Tech's greatest resource is its people and certainly this honor is indicative of the great work of our staff and coaches. I want to congratulate them for their dedication and service and focusing on the growth and development of our student-athletes."
Tech earned this spot in the standings thanks in large part to the Western Athletic Conference championships won by the women's basketball, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field teams.
Akron won this year's mythical national championship in the Excellence in Management Cup while the rest of the top five included Texas A&M, 2010 winner Kent State, 2009 winner Utah State and Middle Tennessee State.
For the third straight year, the EM Cup results have shown that major universities may not be running as economically sound as their smaller counterparts. Nine of the top ten universities in the final standings are from non-BCS affiliated universities.
Scoring is calculated in a formula that accounts for total athletic department spending, number of sports played and the number of championships won by each Division I university. Because of the difficulty in winning national championships, the formula was adjusted last year to place more emphasis on programs that exceed on the national stage.
For a complete list of results and additional information of the Excellence in Management Cup results, please visit the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at http://lsia.tamu.edu.