Rutgers University has spent more than $115 million in university funds and student fees on athletics since 2006, more than any other public university, according to an analysis by USA Today. The 2009-10 total was $26.9 million, also in first place, followed by the University of Connecticut ($14.6 million), the University of South Florida ($14.2 million), the University of Maryland at College Park ($13.7 million), and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville ($13.6 million). The article notes that the spending at Rutgers has come during a period that the university has said that money is so tight that it must skip raises negotiated with employee unions.
Rutgers declines to have its senior executives talk to USA Today and instead issued a statement: "Requests for funding for the Rutgers athletics department, whether through student fees or other institutional resources, are reviewed annually by the university's administration. These requests, along with those from other units throughout the institution, are considered in the development of a comprehensive working budget for the university, traditionally adopted in July by the Board of Governors.… Members of the Rutgers community are invited to comment on budgetary matters at a number of meetings and public forums throughout the year, including an annual open hearing on tuition and fees, usually held in April."
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