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Not at capacity but with a robust attendance of 20,575, A.W. Mumford Stadium hosted football fans for the Southern University-Jackson State game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

The Southern University athletics program finished the year with a $1.2 million deficit, state Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report released Monday morning.

Athletic department revenue totaled $13.4 million compared to expenses of $14.7 million.

Football accounted for $3.6 million of the money from team sports and the nationally-televised Bayou Classic in New Orleans another $536,347.

Men's basketball generated $307,865; women's basketball $76,265 and other sports $135,513, the report said.

Coaching salaries, benefits and bonuses totaled $2.4 million, including $892,906 for football.

The latest deficit means the department has been $2.7 million in the red for the past four years, including $164,230, $823,483 and $514,807 the three previous years.

In separate reviews, Southeastern Louisiana University finished $201,132 in the red while athletic programs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette turned a profit of about $82,000.

SLU ended the year with revenue of $13.9 million and expenses of $14.1 million, according to the state review.

Football accounted for $3.7 million, men's basketball $1 million and women's basketball $784,552.

Coaching salaries were $2.6 million, with $937,368 of that amount for football coaches.

ULL showed operating revenue of $32.5 million and $32.4 million in expenses.

Football was responsible for $7.3 million of dollars collected, men's basketball $1.5 million and women's basketball $216,906.

Under expenses, coaching salaries totaled $6.9 million, including $3.4 million for football.


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Grambling State University ended the year with a deficit of $443,409, Purpera said.

Purpera's report said operating revenue totaled $9.3 million versus expenses of $9.7 million.

Football brought in $2.9 million of the total.

All the reviews covered a 12-month period that ended June 30, 2018.

Earlier reports, and one by Purpera released Monday, showed LSU finished the year with a $2.7 million profit in its athletic department, including a $55 million profit for football.   

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