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UO Beats Out Texas For Total Sports Revenue In 2014

<p class="p1">Oregon's Hamani Stevens, center, celebrates with the rest of the Duck Football team after winning the Rose Bowl 59-20 in Pasadena, Calif.&nbsp;</p>
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Oregon's Hamani Stevens, center, celebrates with the rest of the Duck Football team after winning the Rose Bowl 59-20 in Pasadena, Calif. 

Following an exciting season on the football field, the University of Oregon Ducks are seeing more green than usual.

USA Today's annual NCAA Finances report finds that UO ended the 2014 fiscal year with more than $196 million in total revenue, more than double the school's haul in 2013. Second place goes to University of Texas at Austin, which was No. 1 the previous year. The Longhorns raked in about $161 million in 2014.

SB Nation reports the bump to No. 1 is really thanks to Phil Knight, who donated Oregon's $95 million athletics complex.

Coaches and buildings were the largest chunk of the Ducks' expenses last year, but contributions helped cover those costs. Athletic contributions increased nearly $78.3 million from 2013. But without Knight's large donation next year, Texas could come out on top again.

Ticket sales for Oregon also increased in 2014 by more than $1.3 million, which can be attributed to the Ducks' two bowl game appearances last season.

All in all, UO moved up eight spots from 2013, when they ranked at No. 9 for total revenue.

Oregon State University dropped five spots from 2013, coming in at No. 50. The Beavers brought in about $63.3 million.

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