Quinnipiac continues to heavily invest in its basketball program

For the 1998-99 season, the Quinnipiac Bobcats took a leap of faith by entering Division I basketball. Success was understandably difficult to achieve in the beginning, with the Bobcats consistently finding themselves near the bottom of the Northeast Conference (NEC) in their first 9 seasons.  But then, Tom Moore was hired from Jim Calhoun’s staff at UConn, and the program has thrived ever since.  Moore has compiled 93 wins – and a NEC regular season conference championship – in his first five seasons at the school, so it came as no surprise that Quinnipiac recently extended Moore’s contract beyond the 2016-17 season.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it’s a fair assumption the extension will continue to make Moore the highest paid coach in the NEC, by a wide margin.  Why?  Take a look at the chart below, which illustrates the sizable chunk of capital Quinnipiac is sinking into its basketball program.

NEC Schools

2011 Total Basketball Expenses*

Wins in 2011-12 Season

Cost Per Win

Quinnipiac

$2,437,063

18

$135,392

Monmouth

$1,598,946

12

$133,245

St. Francis (PA)

$1,405,344

6

$234,224

Bryant

$1,367,464

2

$683,732

Mount St. Mary’s

$1,272,540

8

$159,068

Wagner

$1,207,873

25

$48,315

Central Connecticut

$1,187,190

13

$91,322

Sacred Heart

$1,168,300

14

$83,450

Fairleigh Dickinson

$1,166,433

3

$388,811

Robert Morris

$1,164,410

26

$44,785

Long Island

$1,078,956

25

$43,158

St. Francis (NY)

$964,324

15

$64,288

* 2011 Basketball expenses courtesy of Basketball State

The difference in expenses between Quinnipiac and their NEC rivals are significant.  Currently, Quinnipiac lands in the top 33% of basketball expenses in all of college basketball, while every other NEC school sits in the bottom half.  Granted, Quinnipiac doesn’t have a football team to fund, yet they only trail Sacred Heart in 2011 total athletic expenses for the NEC.

(Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t quickly applaud Wagner, Robert Morris, Long Island, and St. Francis (NY) for getting the most out of their programs last season, given their impressive 2011 cost per win figure.)

Quinnipiac’s heavy investment in Moore and the basketball program could forecast a Northeast Conference without the Bobcats in the future, especially if the Colonial Athletic Conference decides to quickly fill their vacancies created with the departues of VCU, Georgia State, and Old Dominion.  Quinnipiac already spends like a mid-major rather than a low mid-major, thus when given the opportunity, no one should be surprised if Quinnipiac heads for a more lucrative and successful conference.  It’s mostly speculation at this point, yet it’s far from an outlandish assumption.

At the end of the day, no one really cares which NEC school spends the most money (although I’m a tad envious that my alma mater’s home court awkwardly takes up part of a giant field-house, whereas Quinnipiac plays their home games in a beautiful 55 million dollar 3,200 seat arena).  It’s all about wins and championships and Quinnipiac has certainly put themselves in a position to succeed.  They’re obviously pleased with the direction of the program under Tom Moore and his assistants.  Whether they use any future successes to leave the NEC is really anyone’s guess.

For now, Quinnipiac will be known, at least financially speaking, as the New York Yankees of the Northeast Conference.

Ryan Peters covers Northeast Conference men’s basketball on Big Apple Buckets and Pioneer Pride.  You can follow Ryan on Twitter @pioneer_pride

4 Responses to Quinnipiac continues to heavily invest in its basketball program

  1. John Pudner July 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Really have enjoyed the regular posts – always one of my first reads. The http://www.valueaddbasketball.com (when you hit the button for “switch to low major” in the upper right corner) now calculates Quinnipiac as the 23rd best low major team for next season (you have to hit “2013 team” in the search box. I would ask Big Apples or any of your readers to please always hit the box to give updates when you notice I’m missing new recruits or other players. We don’t need every walkon (though mentioning them is fine), but if I’m missing a key transfer, recruit, or play I lost track of because he missed last year injured, I’d love to have them so the calculations are accurate. Here are the top 25 right now:

    1 South Dakota St. Sum 43.21
    2 Davidson SC 42.97
    3 South Carolina Upstate ASun 41.05
    4 Florida Gulf Coast ASun 38.14
    5 North Dakota St. Sum 38.08
    6 Mercer ASun 37.27
    7 Harvard Ivy 36.55
    8 Robert Morris NEC 36.53
    9 Belmont OVC 34.06
    10 Middle Tennessee SB 34.03
    11 Vermont AE 33.81
    12 Niagara MAAC 33.6
    13 Bucknell Pat 33.4
    14 Loyola MD MAAC 33.14
    15 Wagner NEC 31.89
    16 Charleston Southern BSth 30.51
    17 Delaware St. MEAC 30.29
    18 Princeton Ivy 29.87
    19 Manhattan MAAC 29.59
    20 College of Charleston SC 29.45
    21 Albany AE 29.39
    22 Northern Colorado BSky 29.28
    23 Quinnipiac NEC 28.81
    24 Western Kentucky SB 28.78
    25 Long Island NEC 28.53

    • jtemplon July 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      I dropped John a note about these things, but I highly encourage readers to go check out their favorite team and help him with any major roster moves that could potentially affect a team.

      1) Four McGlynn transferred from Vermont to Towson so that’s going to knock the Catamounts down
      2) I don’t know if he should show up or not but Dwaun Anderson will be playing at Wagner this season. He was Mr. Michigan in basketball and recruited by some big names a while ago.
      3) Justin Drummond of Loyola (MD) transferred to Toledo
      4) Ashton Pankey transferred from Maryland to Manhattan, where he’ll be eligible immediately
      5) Gerardo Suero of Albany left for the NBA Draft a year early

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