Nobody is making you agree with me. But it’s a weird coincidence that most of the Miami men’s sports finish right in line with the funding they receive. Football has low salaries and most of the conference has comparable facilities now. Basketball has some of the lowest funding in the conference. There’s only so much chicken salad you can make from shit…
And honestly, looking at the chicken salad, the rate of championships hasn’t changed much looking at the last 40 years: List of Mid-American Conference champions - Wikipedia
In the last 40 years:
Baseball has won the regular season 3 times (once in the last 10) and the tournament 3 times.
Basketball has clearly dropped off.
Women’s basketball has won the mac tournament twice ever. They’ve won the division (or regular season conference before divisions) 5 times ever.
Men’s X-Country has won the MAC 7 times, twice in the last decade. Pretty average.
Women’s X-Country has won the MAC 3 times, once in the past decade. Pretty average.
Field hockey has won the regular season 11 times. 8 of those in the last decade (and consecutive). They’ve won the tournament 8 times. 7 in the last decade including 6 straight. Seems like a considerable improvement.
Football has won the MAC 4 times. Once in the past decade. Perfectly average.
Golf - 8 times. Once in the last decade. One away from being average.
Weird women’s golf fact, Kent State has won the conference every year.
Soccer - 5 regular season titles, one in the last decade. 4 tournament wins, zero in the last decade. Below average.
Softball - 5 tourney titles. 2 in the last decade. 5 regular season. 2 in the last decade. Above average
Men’s Swim/Dive - 7 MAC titles. 4 in the last decade, including 3 straight.
Women’s Swim/Dive - 17 titles. 1 in the last decade. Way down.
Tennis - 20 regular season titles. 5 in the last decade. 17 tourney titles. 4 in the last decade. Tennis is still there.
Men’s T&F - 2 in the last 40. 1 in the last 10.
Women’s T&F - 2 ('86, '87)
Volleyball - 5 tourney titles, 1 in last 10. 9 regular season, 4 in last decade.
I excluded hockey because I don’t feel like looking up NCHC and CCHA stats and this wiki page had everything in one place.
There are a lot of fingers that really should be pointed at the BoT that for some reason are getting pointed at Sayler.