Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of LSU showing the track, PMAC, Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium.


DESTIN, Fla. – LSU athletics took in more revenue than all but one Southeastern Conference school during the 2013-14 school year and ranked sixth nationally in revenue overall.

In numbers compiled by USA Today, LSU raked in $133.7 million in revenue while spending $122.9 million.

Only Oregon ($196 million), Texas ($161 million), Michigan ($157.9 million), fellow SEC member Alabama ($153.2 million) and Ohio State ($145.2 million) had higher revenue.

LSU ranked fifth in spending, behind only Texas ($154.1 million), Michigan ($142.6 million), SEC rival Auburn ($126.5 million) and Wisconsin ($125.1 million), leaving the program with a surplus of $10.7 million.

In addition, of 230 athletic departments ranked, LSU was one of only seven that relied completely on self-generated revenue along with Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Nebraska and Purdue. Every other SEC school received some sort of subsidy, the least being Kentucky with $861,548.