When the book closed on the 2013 fiscal year last July, the University of Washingtons athletics department once again counted itself as a member of an elite club.
Its among only about two dozen sports departments of 228 NCAA Division 1 public schools that reported generating enough money to cover its own expenses, annual reports submitted to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) show.
In fact, the UW Department of Intercollegiate Athletics bolstered by a resurgent Huskies football team and its cut of Pac-12 TV revenues posted its best figures in the past decade, reaping a record $8.9 million profit last year.
But at a time when state colleges in Washington grapple for their share of public funding while higher education costs steadily escalate, the UW continues to subsidize its athletics department with annual funding.
Much like the departments overall revenues, financial reports show a rising trend line in direct institutional support a yearly grant from the school to athletics that has ballooned by 129 percent since 2005, climbing to $3.3 million last year.
So why does the UW give money to a sports department that doesnt seem to need it?