Why would athletic director Warde Manuel leave UConn for Michigan? Well, it is his alma mater. And although there are compelling reasons to stay in Storrs, there are many enticing reasons to move to Ann Arbor. A look at how the schools stack up:
Enrollment: UConn — 31,119 in 2014; Michigan — 43,651 in 2015.
Tuition with room and board: UConn — $25,802 in-state, $47,344 out of state; Michigan — $27,812 in-state, $57,432 out of state.
Endowment: UConn — $436.9 million; Michigan — $10.26 billion.
U.S. News college rankings: UConn — No. 57; Michigan — No. 29.
AD Salary: Manuel was in the fourth year of a five-year contract at UConn with a base salary of $450,000 a year and academic and athletic performance incentives worth up to $100,000 more each year. Acting Michigan AD Jim Hackett was making $600,000 a year base.
Athletic budgets: UConn — $71.5 million in 2014 (according to The Courant and other online stories). Michigan — athletic department presented a budget of $153.6 million in advance of 2015-16 fiscal year to the university's board of regents. It expected a balanced budget, also anticipating $153.6 million in operating expenses, according to Michigan's website.
Sports at UConn (22): Men (10) — basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field. Women (12) — basketball, cross country, field hockey, hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball.
Sports at Michigan (27): Men (13) — baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, wrestling. Women (14) basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo.
Football stadium capacity: Rentschler Field 40,000; Michigan Stadium 109,901. Tough to compare anything about stadiums. Michigan wins.
Football titles: UConn — 0; Michigan — 11. 1901, 1902, 1903 (co-champ with Princeton), 1904, 1918 (co-champ with Pitt), 1923 (co-champ with Illinois), 1932 (co-champ with USC), 1933, 1947 (co-champ with Notre Dame), 1948, 1997 (co-champ with Nebraska).
Basketball facilities: UConn — Gampel Pavilion and the adjacent Wolff-Zackin Natatorium opened in 1990 at a cost of $28 million. In 1996, renovations increased basketball capacity at Gampel from 8,241 to 10,167. The $40 million Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center opened in 2014. Michigan — Crisler Center opened in 1967 at a cost of $7.2 million and has been renovated three times. Part of a $52 million renovation in 2011 included construction of the William Davidson Player Development Center, a $23 million practice facility. Capacity at Crisler is 12,707.
Basketball titles: UConn — 14 (10 women, 4 men); Michigan — 1 (men).
Bowl games: UConn — lost to Marshall in the St. Petersburg bowl. Each team reportedly received $537,500; Michigan — beat Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Each team received a $4.25 million payout, according to collegefootballpoll.com.
Five famous alumni: UConn — Ray Allen, Wally Lamb, Rebecca Lobo, Bob Kaufman (Bob's Discount Furniture), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live); Michigan — Madonna, Gerald Ford, Tom Brady, James Earl Jones, Mike Wallace ("60 Minutes").
Of note: A USA Today study for 2014 showed Michigan third in the nation in athletic revenue ($157.9 million), behind only Oregon ($196 million) and Texas ($161 million).
Sources: UConn and Michigan websites, collegedata.com, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Courant staff writer Mike Anthony