Michigan cuts recruiting spending by 14.6 percent
And it's spending less to do it.
The Wolverines spent $493,464 on recruiting in the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to data that was released to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. That's a 14.6 percent drop from the $577,633 they spent the previous year.
Of the 10 Big Ten schools that have responded to the Gazette's Freedom of Information Act request, only Michigan and Purdue spent less money. It hasn't seemed to hurt the Wolverines, who signed a second consecutive top 10 recruiting class Wednesday.
The fall likely is a function of earning so many commitments early in the cycle. Twelve of the Wolverines' 27 signees had committed to the program by the end of last February.
Michigan also has placed a premium on Midwest recruiting, which figures to help keep costs down. Seventeen of the 27 commits half from Michigan or Ohio, and 22 of the 27 are from the Midwest.
The Wolverines' overall spending ranked fourth in the Big Ten, trailing Nebraska ($752,681), Illinois ($614,529) and Minnesota ($543,994) -- and yet, they beat each of those teams in the rankings.
Nebraska finished No. 17, Illinois No. 47 and Minnesota No. 60, according to Rivals.
Meantime, the school that spent the least on recruiting in the past two fiscal cycles -- Wisconsin -- has won the past two league championships.
For the full ranking of recruiting spenders, check out the Gazette story.
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