University of Iowa News Release
May 2, 2003
UI Athletic Department Nets $250,000 On FedEx Orange Bowl
The University of Iowa athletic department managed its participation in the 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl at a profit of slightly more than $250,000, UI officials announced today in coordination with the distribution of a summary of the university's expenses associated with participation in the Bowl Championship Series.
Per Big Ten Conference policy, the University was provided a budget of $1,550,000 to pay expenses associated with its participation in the 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl. The UI spent $1,298,603. Per Big Ten policy, the difference -- $251,397 - will be retained by the university, and, according to UI athletic department officials, will be recognized as income in the department's budget for the current academic year.
"Participation in post-season competition is a by-product of a successful competitive season, and, therefore, a 'problem of prosperity' and a challenge we hope to face on an annual basis in all of our intercollegiate athletics programs," said UI Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby.
"It also goes without saying that participation in a post-season bowl game is the end result of exceptional effort and commitment from our student-athletes, coaches and the staff who provide support for the football program throughout the year," Bowlsby added.
"For that group, more than any other, the trip to the bowl game is both an opportunity to compete against another program that has achieved at a high level and to reflect on and revel in a task well done."
The UI's bowl expense summary included the following expense sub-totals:
* $972,357 for expenses attributed to the Official Team Travel Group, a group that includes student-athletes, coaches, football support staff, administrative staff, and family members.
* $249,721 for expenses attributed to the UI Marching Band.
* $76,525 for expenses attributed to the Official University Travel Group," a group that included interim president Willard "Sandy" Boyd, select members of the university's senior administration and select members of the university's Board in Control of Athletics.
The largest single expense category included on the financial summary was $403,202 attributed to "Meals, Lodging and Per Diem" for the "Official Team Travel Group." UI athletic department officials said the overwhelming majority of that line item represented costs associated with the team hotel, including rooms for student-athletes, coaches, support staff, administrative staff and families, and meals served to the team inside the hotel.
Bowlsby noted that the UI was assigned its hotel by the FedEx Orange Bowl - a process that is typical for Bowl Championship Series events. He also noted that the length of the team's stay in Miami is determined primarily by (a) on the front end, scheduled events that required the participation of coaches, student-athletes and/or select members of the administrative staff and (b) on the back end by NCAA rules that require members of the university's official travel groups to depart from a bowl site within 24 hours of conclusion of the event.
"It's simply expensive to house that number of individuals for that number of days in a location like Miami during a peak tourism period like the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Thanks in great measure to the Orange Bowl staff and a select few members of our department staff, we did an excellent job of managing that specific challenge," he said.
Bowlsby said the UI athletic department's decision to include the university's marching band in its plans for the 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl was a simple one despite the fact that the band's opportunities to perform in Miami were limited and did not include a halftime performance.
"Some institutions have elected to not involve their marching band in select post-season events. We have believed and continue to believe strongly that the Hawkeye Marching Band is an integral piece of the University of Iowa football experience," said Bowlsby.
"We simply felt it would send the wrong message to both the members of the band - young men and women who also do "two-a-days" in August and practice daily during the college football season - and to the Big Ten's bowl game partners if we were to deviate from what has historically been our practice."
Bowlsby said his staff does an annual review of the UI athletic department's post-season travel policy and that this year's review relative to post-season bowl games is nearing completion.
"We review the policy annually to make certain it is in step with what is happening nationally and what is happening on our campus. When the review is complete, the members of our management team will discuss the policy and the review and make whatever changes or amendments are deemed appropriate and necessary."
Bowlsby noted that the Board in Control of Athletics recently amended its procedures relative to participation in post-season bowl games.
"The board serves in an advisory role to the department of intercollegiate athletics at the request of the president of the university. The staff of the department of intercollegiate athletics includes individuals whose day-to-day profession is the operation of an intercollegiate athletics program at a NCAA Division I institution. Obviously, there is a significant difference between the two groups," he said.
"We believe our bowl travel policy is prudent, efficient and responsible to the university. However, the annual review process has served us well in the past, and I suspect will continue to serve us well as we move forward."
The financial summary also included the following expenses, among others:
* Official Team Travel Group / Transportation -- $235,115
* Official Team Travel Group/Tickets -- $125,095
* Official Team Travel Group / Unsold Tickets -- $55,420
* Official Team Travel Group / Administrative/Other - $63,018
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