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UH ranks last in receiving WAC payout

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 2:41 a.m. HST, Jul 2, 2010

Without a bowl game appearance or postseason basketball victory to bank on, the University of Hawaii received the smallest revenue share of the Western Athletic Conference's nine members.

UH, which received $950,796, was the only school earning less than $1 million when checks went out Wednesday, the final day of the fiscal year, according to figures from the conference office.


(Final year-end WAC distribution)

1. Boise State $3,727,629
2. Fresno State $1,413,296
Nevada $1,413,296
3. Idaho $1,333,296
4. Utah State $1,138,296
5. Louisiana Tech $1,125,796
6. New Mexico State $1,075,796
7. San Jose State $1,025,796
8. Hawaii $950,796

Source: WAC office

It was the second-largest payout in WAC history, $13,203,996, thanks to Boise State's appearance in the Bowl Championship Series.

The Broncos led the conference with $3,727,629, more than $3 million of which came from its Fiesta Bowl appearance.

UH received the minimum $60,000 payout from the WAC basketball tournament because its men's team did not qualify and its women's team lost its first game. Schools earn additional shares for each WAC tournament victory.

In addition, teams reaching the NCAA tournament, such as Utah State and New Mexico State, receive an additional $100,000.

Fresno State, Nevada and Idaho each received $375,000 for their bowl appearances. UH went 6-7 and was not bowl eligible, opening the way for Nevada's participation in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

There is no revenue sharing for women's volleyball, softball, men's tennis or baseball, all of which UH won WAC championships in during the 2010 school year.

As penalty for departing the WAC in 2011, Boise State will forfeit everything beyond possible BCS money earned in the fiscal year that began yesterday.

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