There's some truth here, but the reality is also that K-State never finishes high in any rankings (even the ones that are weighted and take into account the number of sports) because our Olympic sports teams generally are mediocre at best (Rovelto's teams being a notable exception). For example, despite having a desirable golf course in our backyard AND the ability for students to have a major in golf, Kristi Knight has been the women's head coach for 25 years and made NCAA regionals five times. Is that "good" - no, not really. Tim Norris was at K-State for 17 years and made NCAA regionals three times.JOKKO wrote: ↑October 9th, 2019, 9:08 amOU/UT would be foolish to leave the B12. They are truly the only 2 that move the needle at all. They still have so much power (too much) that would completely disappear if they left for any other conference.
..but back on topic...KSU has been smarter than most schools when it comes to their # of teams. They have refused to get in the race to add the extra "Olympic" sport teams which are quite frankly, a drain on an athletic budget. This is also the reason that KSU finishes very low every year in the all-sport ranking. Not having to pay for swimming, softball, men's volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics or any of the other money pits has allowed the money to flow back into newer shiny toys. It's also easier to sell the big donors when they can see that their money is not being wasted. (just guessing here )
Football and Men's basketball are the only money makers and must be kept running at a high level so that we can still field competitive teams in the other sports that we have.
When Deb Patterson had her run, women's basketball wasn't a financial loss - it actually made money. Now, it's a drain. But, with the right coach, it could make money again. Similarly, Fritz has let her program slump to one of the worst in the Big 12. Volleyball will never likely make money, but it's not unreasonable to think it could generate $500,000 in revenue each year. Baseball and soccer have potential to produce decent amounts of revenue as well.
But, K-State needs to win for that to happen and, all too often, especially with the "non-profit" sports, the message from the various athletic department administrations over the years has essentially been: stay out of trouble and you can stay as long as you like (regardless of your program's competitive success).
That culture of mediocrity needs to change and it starts with holding head coaches accountable (let's not forget - even the golf coaches are making six figures).