Report: K-State is the Best Team for the Money, While KU is the Worst

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Among the major conference football schools, K-State gets more bang for their buck than everybody else. But down the road in Lawrence, it’s an entirely different story.

According to Forbes, the Kansas State Wildcats are the best bargain in college football, spending $38 million on their football program in FY 2010, 2011 and 2012. Their record in those seasons: 7-6, 10-3 and 11-1 – for an average of $1.4 million per victory.

The Wildcats, who were in the National Championship race for most of the year and who are set to take on the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Fiesta Bowl on January 3rd, are followed by the Stanford Cardinal with $1.5 million per win and the North Carolina State Wolfpack with $1.58 million per win.

Forbes says that the average team from an automatic-qualifying conference spent an average of $53 million during that time period.

But just 85 miles to the east of Manhattan in Lawrence, it’s an entirely different story as Forbes rates the University of Kansas Jayhawks football team as the worst college football team in the nation for the money.

From FY 2010-12, the Jayhawks spent $48 million on their football program, going 3-9, 2-10 and 1-11 in those seasons for an average of over $8 million per victory – far outdistancing the second-worst team, the University of Indiana Hoosiers, who averaged $5.8 million per victory in the same time period.

The Jayhawks total includes the $2.5 million contract for head coach Charlie Weis, who led the team to a 1-11 record this past season – the Jayhawks lowest win total in nearly a quarter century.

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