Thursday, March 27, 2014

Validating Tim Flynn of Edinboro as the Coach of the Year and an Assessment of Wrestling Spending

We took the top 40 Division 1 Wrestling Programs by funding and then compared them to the top 40 point scoring teams at the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships.  The only team that was excluded was Navy because their funding wasn’t made public.  This study gave us a total of 47 teams that overlapped the two categories above.



Money Spent On
NCAA D1
Dollars Per
Rank
School
Wrestling Program
Team Score
Team Point





1
Edinboro
$425,564
62.0
$6,863.94
2
Minnesota
$828,295
104.0
$7,964.38
3
Cornell
$506,353
53.0
$9,553.83
4
Oklahoma State
$1,037,815
96.5
$10,754.56
5
Penn State
$1,268,133
109.5
$11,581.12
6
Virginia Tech
$700,993
49.0
$14,305.98
7
Northwestern
$762,599
46.0
$16,578.24
8
Northern Iowa
$675,346
40.0
$16,883.65
9
Missouri
$745,616
40.5
$18,410.27
10
Ohio State
$1,101,576
57.0
$19,325.89
11
Duke
$266,546
13.5
$19,744.15
12
Iowa
$1,654,772
78.5
$21,079.90
13
North Carolina State
$507,177
24.0
$21,132.38
14
North Dakota State
$441,187
20.5
$21,521.32
15
Nebraska
$947,824
43.5
$21,789.06
16
Oklahoma
$995,663
45.0
$22,125.84
17
Iowa State
$987,107
42.0
$23,502.55
18
Boise State
$393,717
15.5
$25,401.10
19
Illinois
$1,064,161
41.0
$25,955.15
20
Old Dominion
$497,859
18.5
$26,911.30
21
Wisconsin
$1,054,775
36.0
$29,299.31
22
Michigan
$1,050,959
35.0
$30,027.40
23
Kent State
$408,371
13.5
$30,249.70
24
Citadel
$393,983
13.0
$30,306.38
25
Maryland
$699,662
21.0
$33,317.24
26
Pitt
$667,524
20.0
$33,376.20
27
North Carolina
$524,389
15.5
$33,831.55
28
Indiana
$563,090
15.5
$36,328.39
29
Penn
$376,850
10.0
$37,685.00
30
Virginia
$719,363
18.5
$38,884.49
31
Rutgers
$454,874
11.5
$39,554.26
32
Lehigh
$1,195,913
29.5
$40,539.42
33
Bloomsburg
$399,797
8.0
$49,974.63
34
Clarion
$353,438
7.0
$50,491.14
35
Ohio
$591,868
10.5
$56,368.38
36
Stanford
$456,641
7.0
$65,234.43
37
Michigan State
$881,770
12.5
$70,541.60
38
Central Michigan
$863,527
12.0
$71,960.58
39
Oregon State
$1,093,822
14.5
$75,436.00
40
Rider
$853,763
9.5
$89,869.79
41
Purdue
$756,511
7.5
$100,868.13
42
Hofstra
$814,676
7.0
$116,382.29
43
Boston
$781,294
6.0
$130,215.67
44
Eastern Michigan
$742,096
5.0
$148,419.20
45
American
$734,734
2.5
$293,893.60
46
Arizona State
$759,353
2.0
$379,676.50
47
West Virginia
$640,743
1.5
$427,162.00


There aren’t too many informed wrestling people that will argue with the fact that Tim Flynn of Edinboro deserved to be named the NCAA Coach of the Year this season and here’s further proof why.  If you don’t believe that Flynn does the most with the least than this about sums it up with concrete evidence.  Ignore all of the other factors like recruiting, prestige, and campus life and just look at the dollars spent per point earned at the NCAA Tournament.

Edinboro spends more than $1,000 less than anybody else in the country when it comes to the dollars spent on their wrestling program versus the team points they score at the National Championship.  You would expect the teams at the top of the standings to fair better since they have had successful wrestling campaigns, but Edinboro beats out 2nd place Minnesota by $1100 while spending half of the budget that Minnesota has.  Edinboro spent about half of the money per team point than mighty PSU while Penn State’s budget is nearly three times the size of Edinboro’s.

Interpret the data in whatever way you see relevant, but it’s hard to argue with Tim Flynn as the coach of the year.

I’m sure I can tell how pleased people will be with the teams at the top of this list, but which teams near the bottom of it need to be re-evaluated?  The cost of just 1 team point at the National Championships for West Virginia University was more than Edinboro’s entire wrestling budget.

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