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For schools like Butler, without major college football, COVID-19 financial hit has been less severe

INDIANAPOLIS – It is a paradox of the pandemic.

In college sports, the schools making big bucks from big-time football are the ones projecting losses exceeding $50 million.

Not to suggest a basketball-centric Big East school like Butler is invulnerable. But when athletic director Barry Collier asserts he is “stubbornly optimistic,” he has a case.

“Magnitude of scale is small along those lines,” said Collier, who is in his 15th year as AD after serving as Bulldogs basketball coach from 1989-99. “We don’t have the impact that football is having on those from a financial standpoint.