Forbes: Longhorns have college football’s most valuable program
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.
Hookem.com 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.