In a college football rarity, Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher told the Daily Chronicle on Tuesday, NIU's athletic department profited $50,097 from December's Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, a game NIU won against Fresno State, 40-17.
NIU's total expenses were $424,903. That number was below the $475,000 expense allowance the Mid-American Conference negotiated with the Humanitarian Bowl. Compher said the athletic department gets to keep the remaining $50,097.
"We put it back in like a game guarantee that we would get for going to play Iowa or going to play Wisconsin," said Compher, adding that his athletic department budgeted and expected to pay $250,000 for the bowl game. "We put it back into those accounts so that we would have that money, because next year we could have additional expenses. So we put it in there and can hopefully accumulate dollars so that next year when we budget it won't be a significant hit for us as we look to expenditures for the following year."
NIU totaled a $425,277 deficit in back-to-back bowl trips the past two years, including $271,152 from the International Bowl in 2010.
For more information, read Wednesday's edition of the Daily Chronicle.