According to USA Today LSU ranks seventh in the nation in athletic department earnings.
LSU athletics are entirely self supported taking no state tax dollars and no student fees. It is one of only seven schools in the country to do that.
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According to WWL, LSU Associate Director of Athletics Herb Vincent said when athletics profits, the university benefits."Right now, LSU Athletics passes $7.2 million per year back to the academic side of the university."
SEC schools Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida are the only conference schools to earn more than LSU. All earnings come from ticket sales, merchandise sales, television rights and fan support. The University of Texas ranks as the nations number one earning athletic department last year with over $163 million.