Big Texas budget, Big Texas revenue, Big 12 results?

For all of those university presidents and athletic directors turning college sports upside down in pursuit of the almighty dollar, think about the athletic year the University of Texas has had. The school with the nation’s largest annual budget and greatest revenue generation hasn’t challenged for a Big 12 title in any of the three major men’s programs or women’s basketball in 2012-13.

— The football team went 5-4 in the league, 9-4 overall, to finish third in the conference. By the way, the Longhorns are a combined 11-15 in Big 12 play over the last three seasons.— The basketball team struggled through a 16-18 campaign, 7-11 in the league, to finish seventh in the Big 12.

— The baseball team, which has been to seven College World Series and won two titles under fiery coach Augie Garrido, is shockingly bad, standing 21-17 overall and 5-10 in the Big 12, earning the Longhorns a tie for dead last. It’s hard to imagine how Garrido is taking it this season, given some of his legendary rants from the past.

— Even in women’s basketball, where Texas has produced a long line of winners, the Longhorns went 12-18 overall, 5-13 in the conference, good for ninth out of 10 teams.

That adds up to pretty lackluster results for an athletic department with a $162 million budget in 2012-13, and one that made $160 million in revenue in fiscal 2012. All of that money helps build a lot of shiny, new facilities, but the Longhorns prove that it’s still no guarantee of athletic success.
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