The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The BBVA Compass Bowl, played in Birmingham, Ala., is one of seven bowls owned and operated by ESPN. The first game was played in 2006.
2011 participants: Kentucky and Pittsburgh.
Kentucky expenses: The school reported 5,540 absorbed tickets at a cost of $276,740. Expenses for awards were listed at $81,600. Other expenses are listed on page 3 of the pdf. Total reported expenses were $1.25 million. Download Kentucky Expenses
Survey: Although he rated the overall bowl experience as "excellent," Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart had some complaints.
He expressed displeasure over two social functions for the team.
"The number limits (due to capacities of the bowling and comedy club venues) creates difficult decisions for each school," he wrote. "More people than can fit wanted to go to these two events, which caused problems."
When asked what the bowl can do to improve the experience, he wrote: "There were many requirements for the Head Coaches on the day before the game. The Children's Hospital should be on another day. The Pep Rally should not be required for players or the head coach. The bands and cheerleaders are plenty for that event. The gameshow-type event at the Comedy Night was nearly a disaster."
Regarding gifts, he wrote that the "bowl watch was a bit expensive as compared to our previous experiences." Download Kentucky Survey
Pittsburgh: The school declined to offer its expense report or bowl survey to The Wiz of Odds.