Forbes: Longhorns have col­lege foot­ball’s most valu­able pro­gram

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOTBALL - By Randy Riggs rriggs@states­ Con­tact Randy Riggs at 4453957. Twit­ter: @Ran­riggs

The most valu­able col­lege foot­ball in the coun­try?

The Texas Longhorns. At least ac­cord­ing to Forbes Mag­a­zine.

The mag­a­zine re­leased its an­nual list of col­lege foot­ball’s most lu­cra­tive pro­grams, and the Longhorns were val­ued at $133 mil­lion. That’s up from last year’s value of $129 mil­lion.

There were four key parts used to de­ter­mine the val­ues — schools’ foot­ball prof­its, and how those contributed to aca­demics, in­clud­ing schol­ar­ships; their value to their ath­letic de­part­ments, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing other pro­grams; their bowl-game rev­enues that were shared by other schools in their con­fer­ence; and the amount of money spent by fans and vis­i­tors in their com­muni- ties on home games.

The Michi­gan Wolver­ines ($120 mil­lion) were No. 2, fol­lowed by Notre Dame ($103 mil­lion). SEC schools then filled out the rest of the top 10 — LSU ($102 mil­lion), Ge­or­gia ($99 mil­lion), Alabama ($95 mil­lion), Florida ($93 mil­lion), Auburn ($85 mil­lion), Ten­nessee ($84 mil­lion) and Arkansas ($83 mil­lion).

Ok­la­homa ($80 mil­lion) was No. 12.

Forbes also listed col­lege foot­ball’s most pow­er­ful coaches. Alabama’s Nick Sa­ban topped the list, fol­lowed by TCU’s Gary Pat­ter­son, Ohio State’s Ur­ban Meyer, Ok­la­homa’s Bob Stoops and Iowa’s Kirk Fer­entz. Texas’ Mack Brown was sixth and Ok­la­homa State’s Mike Gundy was sev­enth.

One signs, one doesn’t: Texas signed ju­nior col­lege tight end Ge­off Swaim on Wed­nes­day, who be­came only the fifth juco trans­fer signed in the Brown era. The Longhorns signed two in 2012 — left tackle Don­ald Hawkins, who started, and de­fen­sive tackle Bran­don Moore, who was a key con­trib­u­tor with four starts.

Swaim, who helped Butte (Calif.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege to a 10-1 record the past two years, will en­roll in Jan­uary as a ju­nior. The Longhorns plan to use him as a block­ing tight end or H-back.

How­ever, Hutchin­son (Kan.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege line­backer DeVon­dre Camp­bell did not sign on Wed­nes­day. His school an­nounced Tues­day night Camp­bell had pledged to Texas, but a school spokesman on Wed­nes­day called that an­nounce­ment pre­ma­ture and that Camp­bell had not com­mit­ted. is re­port­ing that Camp­bell may take two more vis­its in Jan­uary. He orig­i­nally was a Ten­nessee com­mit­ment, but de-com­mit­ted when Vols coach Derek Doo­ley was fired.

Coming home: Ore­gon State run­ning back Storm Woods, who is from Pflugerville, was asked what he’s look­ing for­ward to the most about re­turn­ing to his home state.

Woods men­tioned Lake Pflugerville, where he would fish with his mother or grand­mother.

“That’s the No. 1 woman in my life,” Woods said of his grand­mother, to The Ore­go­nian. “If it wasn’t for her, my mom wouldn’t be here. She takes care of me in ev­ery as­pect.”

Woods plans to come back to Pflugerville af­ter the bowl game, for a late Christ­mas meal with his mother and grand­mother.

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