Forbes takes a look at the worst college football teams for the money – and found the Indiana Hoosiers are the second worst bargain in all the land (behind Kansas).
Their three-year analysis of automatic qualifying conference teams found that Indiana spent $58 million between 2009 and 2011 – or $5.8 million per win. On the upside, the Hoosiers spent $5 million more than the average school. So there’s that.
Forbes says,”Indiana spends like a winner, shelling out about $6 million more than the average AQ team from 2009 through 2011, but it sure doesn’t play like one. The Hoosiers haven’t played in a bowl game since 2007.”
Also on the list is Minnesota at No. 7 (at $3.8 million per win), though Forbes sees a bright side: “Like Duke, Minnesota qualified for postseason play with six wins this season. Second-year head coach Jerry Kill’s salary of $1.2 million may be a bargain if the team’s play continues to improve.”
Purdue comes in at No. 9 (at $3.4 million per win). Forbes: “Purdue spent about $4 million more than the average AQ team between 2009 and 2011, but it hasn’t won more than six regular season games in that time (or since 2007, for that matter).”