My wife showed me a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education about how the University of Kentucky is falling far short of its statutory mandate of being a "top 20" public university by the year 2020. The reason isn't hard to figure out: the state doesn't fund education adequately and the voters don't seem to mind that.
Seriously - Kentucky passed a law that said UK is required to be teh awesome but has repeatedly cut its funding relative to costs. As a result the university has actually dropped in every meaningful ranking system (to the extent that these rankings are meaningful at all) - including its own system, which probably gives itself the benefit of every doubt. That's right - UK can't move up in the rankings, even when it grades itself on a curve.
Bottom line: when the issue is hiring a top-tier basketball coach or even building a new practice court, the state will always - ALWAYS - come up with the resources somehow. Public money, booster slush funds, some cash stuffed in a mattress somewhere, whatever. But when the issue is academics, that's a place to cut, not spend.
If the Kentucky legislature actually paid attention in math class - check that, if they actually HAD math class - maybe they'd realize you don't get something for nothing.