Rutgers University officials say they still expect the athletics department to be financially independent by 2020 despite having to boost subsidies by nearly 70 percent last year.

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USA Today and the Home News Tribune report that Rutgers athletics received nearly $47 million in subsidies from the university in 2012-13, accounting for more than half of athletics' $79 million budget.

It's the biggest subsidy a Division 1 public school athletics program has received in the 10 years USA Today has tracked such data.

The subsidy included $37 million in direct institutional aid and nearly $9.9 million in student fees.

Rutgers officials blame most of the increase on one-time items. Those included the costs of jumping to the Big Ten conference and changing marketing companies, and severance payouts arising from a bullying scandal in the basketball program.

Ticket sales and fundraising were also down.


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