More construction at Jordan Hare Stadium is planned
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War Eagle, everybody! It’s another brisk February morning in the state of Alabama, and I’ll look back on the week that was. We have leaking Tiger basketball defense, trouble with the trees, softball off to a great start, offensive football meetings without the head coach running it, Auburn financial news, and more.
We will start with the money. A couple of years ago around this time, I put out a bit of an alarmist post about what risks there might be when Auburn athletics start regularly operating at a deficit. It turns out that the sky is not actually falling. In Auburn’s annual report to the NCAA, the Athletic Department reported a surplus of $15.2 million. This follows the year before, where the Tigers showed a surplus of $9.2 million.
The Athletic Department got out of the hole basically by going out and finding more revenue. The 2014 department brought in total revenues of $113,716,004. The 2016 report lists $140,070,593. Auburn did sign a new media rights deal during this period, which accounts for a chunk of the deal, but there are other positive factors as well. The success of the SEC Network has boosted the budgets of every team in the SEC. Auburn has seen increased ticket sales and game guarantees. I would not expect the budget to stay that far in the black in coming years. New stadium projects should easily eat up any surpluses for the next several years as the price tag for the new game day facility is expected to be $28 million.
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While Auburn's major men's sports programs struggled through 2016 and into 2017, fans were able to latch on to perhaps the premier sports program at Auburn. Auburn's softball team came within a pinch hit by a freshman from winning the first ever Women's College World series. However, Oklahoma walked away with the trophy. In the offseason, Auburn reloaded with the best recruiting class in program history. How will the combination of Clint Myer's recruiting and coaching react with the losses of legendary outgoing seniors like Jade Rhodes, Emily Carosone, and Tiffany Howard? Auburn fans won't have to wait long as the Tigers have a rematch with Oklahoma in just ten days.Read Full Story
Auburn scored a huge win Saturday on the road in Ft Worth against a probable tournament team in TCU. It was a much-needed win after the slaughter the Tigers sustained against South Carolina. More importantly, fans witnessed the emergence of Austin Wiley. Still, it wasn't just Wiley who had a great game. Read more to see how Auburn won and what to expect against the Vols.Read Full Story