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Facilities Tour: University of Arizona

In 1926, the starting quarterback and catcher of the University of Arizona’s football and baseball teams died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident.  Before passing away, John “Button” Salmon would whisper the words into the ears of Arizona football coach Pop McKale, which would come to be the school’s battle cry:

“Tell them. . . tell the team to bear down.

A memorial to John "Button" Salmon is present near the McKale Center.

In the 85 years since the young Salmon whispered the words which would become the battle cry of thousands of Wildcats, the University of Arizona has amassed a proud tradition of producing winning teams and successful student-athletes.  Arizona’s 19 teams have won 20 NCAA Championships over the years and have produced 152 Olympians.

Recently, I had the great opportunity to visit the campus in sunny Tucson and take a tour of some of the school’s athletic facilities with Director of Athletics, Greg Byrne.

ESPN's College Game Day was on hand at the McKale Center when I visited campus.

Joining the Wildcats in May, 2010, saying that Byrne has been an asset to the program since then, would be an understatement.  In a place like Tucson, where the nearest professional sports team is located over 100 miles away, the Wildcats are viewed by residents as local celebrities of sorts.  Byrne has the charisma and personality to make practical strangers feel like they have known him forever.  During our two-hour tour, he genuinely greeted everyone he passed, shook hands often and answered every question asked of him.  Every few feet we would walk, someone would say, “Hey Greg!” and most often, he’d respond with, “Hey!  You o.k.?”

University of Arizona Athletics Director Greg Byrne, Alicia Jessop and ESPN's Mark May.

Byrne’s approachability and commitment to developing the University of Arizona’s athletics programs to the highest degree will help the University of Arizona chart a new level of success in athletics in upcoming years.

Our tour began outside of the McKale Memorial Center.  Most notably, the McKale Memorial Center is home to the Lute and Bobbi Olson Court.  Named after the former coach and his late wife, the Wildcats basketball teams plays their home games before a seating capacity of 14,545.

The McKale Center on game day. Thousands of UA students pack the "Zona Zoo" for the white out against the University of Washington.

The McKale Center is also home to an academic area, sports medicine facilities, equipment operations and all of the athletic department’s offices.

Long known for its relationship with Nike, the Arizona athletics department is home to two rooms lined from floor-to-ceiling with Nike's; one for the football team and one for the basketball team. Each football player receives three pairs at the start of a season.

A helmet and shoulder pad room is also present in the McKale Center. Each football player is provided training in how to spot defects in a helmet as an extra layer of precaution against concussions.

Also present in the McKale Center is a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility, the Bill Estes, Jr. Family Strength and Conditioning Center.  The expansive area is notably marked with University of Arizona logos and pictures of successful former student-athletes like Jenny Finch, Jim Furyk and Lorena Ochoa, to further bolster Wildcat pride amongst student-athletes.

A look inside the Bill Estes, Jr. Family Strength and Conditioning Center in the McKale Center.

The 21,000 square foot Bill Estes, Jr. Family Strength and Conditioning Center is home to 20 multi-use racks, 22 full circuit machines and six complete sets of free weights, all which bear customized Arizona logos.

The Bill Estes, Jr. Family Strength and Conditioning Center also has 32 cardiovascular machines. If you look to the left of the picture, you can see football coach Rich Rodriguez preparing to workout on one!

The weight room in McKale is one of two weight rooms available to student-athletes.  A second weight room, for use by the basketball team, is also located in the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium.

The exterior of the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, which resembles the former Bear Down Gym on the campus, only stands 30 feet tall, because the building is sunk 17 feet into the ground.

Richard Jefferson played basketball for the Wildcats from 1998 to 2001.  Drafted by the Houston Rockets, Jefferson presently plays for the San Antonio Spurs.  In 2007, Jefferson made what is believed to be the largest donation made by a professional athlete to his alma mater, when he donated $3.5 million dollars to build the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium.

The Richard Jefferson Gymnasium is home to the school’s basketball and volleyball practice facilities.  It has two full-court basketball courts and five volleyball cross courts.

Two full-court practice courts are found inside of Richard Jefferson Gymnasium. The courts are also utilized by the volleyball team.

Overlooking the courts is a weight training and cardiovascular center specially designed to meet the size requirements of basketball players.

A view of the strength and conditioning facility used by Arizona's basketball players which is located in the Richard Jefferson Gymnasium.

In other words, the treadmills have extended tracks and the weight training equipment is longer than that found in other weight training facilities.

Greg and Mark, who both stand tall at 6'6", were good sports and demonstrated the equipment. "No one has ever asked me to demonstrate equipment during an interview," said Byrne.

As mentioned above, all of the athletic department’s offices are currently housed in the McKale Center.  However, in 2013, Arizona’s football team will have new offices located in the brand new North End Zone facility in Arizona Stadium.  Byrne explained that presently, Arizona’s football team is one of few BCS teams whose offices are located in a basketball facility.

Construction on the North End Zone project recently began and will be completed in 2013. However, the Wildcats will still play the 2012 season at Arizona Stadium.

The school recently commenced construction on the $72,300,00 North End Zone project, which has a scheduled date of completion of June 2013.  The 183,683 square foot project will add football offices, a new football locker room and football strength and conditioning center.  The addition of the North End Zone strength and conditioning center means that there will be an impressive three weight rooms for student-athletes to access at the University of Arizona.  A sports medicine area for student-athletes and cafeteria open to all University of Arizona students will also be present in the North End Zone facility.  The North End Zone facility will also be home to new concourses and loge and club level seating.

A rendering of the North End Zone project.

A rendering of the new North End Zone seating.

The seats in the new North End Zone will face the 5,356 foot video board, pictured above, which made its debut in Arizona Stadium in 2011 and is the largest video board in the state of Arizona.

Currently, all suites at Arizona Stadium are enclosed. The North End Zone project will give fans the option to purchase open-air suites.

The completion of the North End Zone facility in 2013 will further signal the vast improvements of Arizona’s programs and facilities which Byrne has spearheaded as Director of Athletics.

Most importantly, however, it will give University of Arizona student-athletes one more reason to bear down.

Sincere gratitude is owed to Greg Byrne for granting me a generous amount of time in his busy schedule and opening up the University of Arizona’s athletic facilities to me and BusinessofCollegeSports.com’s readers.  A big thank you is also owed to James Francis for assisting with the tour and forwarding renderings of the North End Zone project.  Thank you both!

Conference Recruiting Expense Series: Top 51-100 Spenders

Today BusinessofCollegeSports.com will wrap up its Confernce Recruiting Expense Series.  Yesterday, BusinessofCollegeSports.com posted the top-50 spenders in terms of recruitment expenses.  Today, we’ll list numbers 51 through 100.  Be sure to visit BusinessofCollegeSports in coming weeks, as we will delve deeper into specific schools with surprising recruitment expense amounts.

Schools Conference Total Recruitment Expenses Men’s Recruitment Expenses Women’s Recruitment Expenses
51.  South Carolina SEC $859,063 $497,213 $361,850
52.  Texas A&M Big 12 $855,788 $555,563 $300,225
53.  Maryland ACC $826,352 $538,497 $287,855
54.  Pittsburgh Big East $818,175 $530,723 $287,452
55.  Connecticut Big East $801,080 $515,666 $285,414
56.  Oregon State Pac-12 $789,665 $549,846 $239,819
57.  UNLV Mountain West $771,530 $554,461 $217,069
58.  Wisconsin Big Ten $765,384 $448,624 $316,760
59.  Wake Forest ACC $759,648 $597,618 $162,030
60.  Northwestern Big Ten $755,004 $499,730 $255,274
61.  Utah Pac-12 $753,608 $497,391 $256,217
62.  Boston College ACC $749,409 $563,383 $186,026
63.  TCU Mountain West $731,517 $493,981 $237,536
64.  Mississippi State   $723,217 $477,868 $245,349
65.  Arizona State Pac-12 $723,111 $500,083 $223,028
66.  West Virginia Big East $723,009 $462,785 $260,224
67.  Rutgers Big East $718,843 $495,170 $223,673
68.  Oklahoma State Big 12 $680,123 $482,596 $197,527
69.  Tulsa Conference USA $656,576 $471,693 $184,883
70.  Rice Conference USA $647,194 $447,140 $200,054
71.  Georgetown Big East $644,203 $457,733 $186,470
72.  Washington State Pac-12 $611,759 $370,911 $240,848
73.  Cincinnati Big East $603,395 $392,288 $211,107
74.  USF Big East $597,311 $423,030 $174,281
75.  New Mexico Mountain West $582,283 $435,937 $146,346
76.  Colorado State Mountain West $575,719 $411,818 $163,901
77.  Utah State WAC $567,215 $405,695 $161,520
78.  Hawaii WAC $562,480 $348,783 $213,697
79.  Eastern Michigan MAC $562,271 $378,397 $183,874
80.  Miami (Ohio) MAC $542,281 $383,947 $158,334
81.  Marshall Conference USA $536,702 $390,190 $146,512
82.  UCF Conference USA $530,365 $334,079 $196,286
83.  East Carolina Conference USA $523,437 $340,355 $183,082
84.  UTEP Conference USA $517,999 $356,997 $161,002
85.  Houston Conference USA $499,430 $344,423 $155,007
86.  St. John’s Big East $498,354 $311,518 $186,836
87.  Western Kentucky Sun Belt $487,447 $349,431 $138,016
88.  Providence Big East $478,887 $280,057 $198,830
89.  Central Michigan MAC $476,907 $336,674 $140,233
90.  Wyoming Mountain West $474,568 $332,013 $142,555
91.  Denver Sun Belt $451,405 $230,427 $220,978
92.  SMU Conference USA $444,732 $290,043 $154,689
93.  South Alabama Sun Belt $439,614 $308,886 $130,728
94.  Ohio MAC $430,690 $296,483 $134,207
95.  Tulane Conference USA $425,361 $305,021 $120,340
96.  Florida International Sun Belt $420,873 $331,056 $89,817
97.  Akron MAC $417,492 $267,595 $149,897
98.  Buffalo MAC $414,567 $283,833 $130,734
99.  New Mexico State WAC $411,905 $293,298 $118,607
100.   UAB Conference USA $409,490 $234,669 $174,821

 

Conference Recruiting Expense Series: Top-50 Spenders

Last week, BusinessofCollegeSports.com showed readers just how much schools spend on recruiting.  The following is a list of the top-50 spenders in terms of total recruiting expenses for both men’s and women’s sports.  We’ll list numbers 50-100 tomorrow!

School Conference Total Recruitment Expenses Men’s Recruitment Expenses Women’s Recruitment Expenses
1.  Tennessee SEC $2,296,023 $1,878,771 $417,252
2.  Auburn SEC $2,117,645 $1,530,917 $586,728
3.  Notre Dame Big East $2,070,316 $1,612,608 $457,708
4.  Alabama SEC $1,694,202 $1,339,537 $354,665
5.  Georgia SEC $1,540,743 $1,039,220 $501,523
6.  Florida SEC $1,501,899 $1,065,716 $436,183
7.  Georgia Tech ACC $1,489,599 $1,173,904 $315,695
8.  Arkansas SEC $1,480,557 $1,060,500 $420,057
9.  Michigan Big Ten $1,480,357 $1,039,948 $440,409
10.  Texas Big 12 $1,470,389 $989,370 $481,019
11.  Marquette Big East $1,461,373 $1,289,560 $171,813
12.  Kansas Big 12 $1,454,154 $1,033,618 $420,536
13.  North Carolina ACC $1,337,338 $949,396 $387,942
14.  Illinois Big Ten $1,328,931 $962,345 $366,586
15.  Duke ACC $1,313,378 $967,282 $346,096
16.  Oklahoma Big 12 $1,263,567 $837,890 $425,677
17.  Kentucky SEC $1,260,065 $865,254 $394,811
18.  Oregon Pac-12 $1,235,968 $922,653 $313,315
19.  Nebraska Big Ten $1,234,097 $888,165 $345,932
20.  Texas Tech Big 12 $1,184,799 $892,436 $292,363
21.  Florida State ACC $1,156,982 $749,499 $407,483
22.  Baylor Big 12 $1,138,946 $755,226 $383,720
23.  Ohio State Big Ten $1,134,013 $782,735 $351,278
24.  Minnesota Big Ten $1,130,963 $741,471 $389,492
25.  Louisville Big East $1,128,645 $786,574 $342,071
26.  Penn State Big Ten $1,128,129 $681,284 $446,845
27.  Washington Pac-12 $1,089,582 $776,098 $313,484
28.  Arizona Pac-12 $1,080,250 $733,394 $346,856
29.  Stanford Pac-12 $1,079,437 $771,567 $307,870
30.  Clemson ACC $1,069,565 $796,648 $272,917
31.  North Carolina State ACC $1,069,192 $722,995 $346,197
32.  Vanderbilt SEC $1,068,482 $792,574 $275,908
33.  Virginia ACC $1,045,893 $730,358 $315,535
34.  Syracuse Big East $1,045,212 $655,055 $390,157
35.  Iowa State Big 12 $1,022,016 $769,272 $252,744
36.  UCLA Pac-12 $993,663 $711,415 $282,248
37.  USC Pac-12 $992,414 $680,645 $311,769
38.  Ole Miss SEC $982,959 $694,038 $288,921
39.  Virginia Tech ACC $981,067 $650,651 $330,416
40.  Memphis Conference USA $961,150 $759,844 $201,306
41.  Purdue Big Ten $954,543 $684,920 $269,623
42.  Michigan State Big Ten $941,157 $653,640 $287,517
43.  Iowa Big Ten $931,989 $592,776 $339,213
44.  LSU SEC $927,990 $574,182 $353,808
45.  California Pac-12 $919,410 $630,158 $289,252
46.  Indiana Big Ten $899,047 $558,442 $340,605
47.  Miami ACC $897,271 $591,872 $305,399
48.  Colorado Pac-12 $885,421 $633,190 $252,231
49.  Kansas State Big 12 $882,902 $648,599 $234,303
50.  Missouri Big 12 $861,859 $621,949 $239,910

Conference Recruitment Expense Series: WAC

The final conference to be evaluated in BusinessofCollegeSports.com’s Conference Recruitment Expense Series is the WAC.  In the near future,  the WAC will expand to add new members.  What sort of recruiting budgets will these new members have to adopt to be competitive in the WAC?

Recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt conferences have been posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.  Additionally, it should be noted that the “Amount Per Player” column was calculated using the total amount of student-athletes at a given school.  The Department of Education data does not disclose how many student-athletes a school recruited in a given year.  Thus, using the data alone, it is impossible to calculate how much it cost a school to recruit a specific class.

Schools Men’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Fresno State $183,423.00 $30,570.50 $857.12
Hawaii $348,783.00 $49,826.14 $1,509.88
Idaho $245,717.00 $49,143.40 $1,328.20
Louisiana Tech $218,907.00 $43,781.40 $1,209.43
Nevada $199,185.00 $39,837.00 $1,021.46
New Mexico State $293,298.00 $48,883.00 $1,451.97
San Jose State $219,655.00 $36,609.17 $950.89
Utah State $405,695.00 $81,139.00 $2,018.38

 

Schools Women’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Fresno State $102,951.00 $10,295.10 $441.85
Hawaii $213,697.00 $21,369.70 $800.36
Idaho $121,353.00 $17,336.14 $926.36
Louisiana Tech $83,028.00 $11,861.14 $734.76
Nevada $107,479.00 $13,434.88 $411.80
New Mexico State $118,607.00 $13,178.56 $590.08
San Jose State $78,733.00 $7,873.30 $399.66
Utah State $161,520.00 $23,074.29 $928.28

The WAC school which spent the highest amount on recruiting for its men’s sports programs was Utah State, which spent $405,695.00 in 2010-11.  Not far behind, was Hawaii, which spent $348,783.00.  Arguably, a bulk of Hawaii’s expenses was allocated toward travel expenses.

Hawaii led the way in recruitment expenses for its women’s sports teams in 2010-11.  Hawaii spent $213,697.00 on recruiting for its women’s sports teams in 2010-11.

Be sure to visit BusinessofCollegeSports.com on Monday to see a list of the top-50 recruitment expense spenders!

Conferece Recruitment Expense Series: Sun Belt Conference

Next up in BusinessofCollgeSports.com’s Conference Recruitment Expense Series is the Sun Belt Conference.

Yesterday, recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA was posted.  Today, data for the MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, and WAC will be posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.  Additionally, it should be noted that the “Amount Per Player” column was calculated using the total amount of student-athletes at a given school.  The Department of Education data does not disclose how many student-athletes a school recruited in a given year.  Thus, using the data alone, it is impossible to calculate how much it cost a school to recruit a specific class.

Schools Men’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Arkansas State $204,772.00 $40,954.40 $965.91
Arkansas – Little Rock $134,606.00 $33,651.50 $1,547.20
Denver $230,427.00 $28,803.38 $1,371.59
Florida Atlantic $195,797.00 $24,474.63 $619.61
Florida International $331,056.00 $66,211.20 $1,622.82
Louisiana – Lafayette $255,716.00 $42,619.33 $1,111.81
Louisiana – Monroe $76,809.00 $15,361.80 $424.36
Middle Tennessee $288,982.00 $48,163.67 $1,102.98
North Texas $142,082.00 $35,520.50 $835.78
South Alabama $308,886.00 $38,610.75 $1,250.55
Troy $141,298.00 $20,185.43 $554.11
Western Kentucky $349,431.00 $49,918.71 $1,474.39

 

Schools Women’s Sports Recruiting Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Arkansas State $104,456.00 $14,922.29 $941.05
Arkansas – Little Rock $99,490.00 $14,212.86 $1,047.26
Denver $220,978.00 $24,553.11 $1,567.22
Florida Atlantic $64,437.00 $8,054.63 $379.04
Florida International $89,817.00 $11,227.13 $615.18
Louisiana – Lafayette $84,788.00 $14,131.33 $694.98
Louisiana – Monroe $50,469.00 $7,209.86 $442.71
Middle Tennessee $85,986.00 $12,283.71 $661.43
North Texas $88,848.00 $11,106.00 $499.15
South Alabama $130,728.00 $14,525.33 $1,107.86
Troy $95,288.00 $11,911.00 $685.53
Western Kentucky $138,016.00 $17,252.00 $908.00

The Sun Belt Conference school which spent the most on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11 was Florida International.  Florida International spent $331,056.00 on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11.  It may be worth noting Florida International hired a big-name men’s basketball coach in Isiah Thomas in April 2009.

The Sun Belt Conference school which spent the most on recruiting for its women’s sports teams in 2010-11 was the University of Denver.  Denver expended $220,978.00 to recruit student-athletes for its women’s sports programs in 2010-11.

Conference Recruitment Expense Series: SEC

There’s no need to beat around the bush:  The SEC’s recruiting budgets blow every other conference’s out of the water.  The SEC is home to six schools that spent over one-million dollars on recruiting student-athletes for its men’s sports teams.

Yesterday, recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA was posted.  Today, data for the MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, and WAC will be posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.  Additionally, it should be noted that the “Amount Per Player” column was calculated using the total amount of student-athletes at a given school.  The Department of Education data does not disclose how many student-athletes a school recruited in a given year.  Thus, using the data alone, it is impossible to calculate how much it cost a school to recruit a specific class.

Schools Men’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Alabama $1,339,537.00 $191,362.43 $4,801.21
Arkansas $1,060,500.00 $176,750.00 $4,158.82
Auburn $1,530,917.00 $218,702.43 $5,798.93
Florida $1,065,716.00 $152,245.14 $3,765.78
Georgia $1,039,220.00 $148,460.00 $3,806.67
Kentucky $865,254.00 $108,156.75 $2,800.17
LSU $574,182.00 $82,026.00 $1,858.19
Mississippi State $477,868.00 $79,644.67 $1,982.85
Ole Miss $694,038.00 $115,673.00 $2,953.35
South Carolina $497,213.00 $62,151.63 $1,897.76
Tennessee $1,878,771.00 $268,395.86 $7,089.70
Vanderbilt $792,574.00 $132,095.67 $4,238.36
Schools Women’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Alabama $354,665.00 $35,466.50 $1,318.46
Arkansas $420,057.00 $46,673.00 $2,154.14
Auburn $586,728.00 $58,672.80 $2,793.94
Florida $436,183.00 $43,618.30 $1,888.24
Georgia $501,523.00 $50,152.30 $1,885.42
Kentucky $394,811.00 $43,867.89 $2,218.04
LSU $353,808.00 $39,312.00 $1,734.35
Mississippi State $245,349.00 $35,049.86 $1,858.70
Ole Miss $288,921.00 $36,115.13 $1,992.56
South Carolina $361,850.00 $40,205.56 $1,345.17
Tennessee $417,252.00 $46,361.33 $1,977.50
Vanderbilt $275,908.00 $34,488.50 $1,713.71

In a surprising twist, the school which spent the most on recruiting for its men’s teams in 2010-11 was not Alabama, Auburn or LSU, but rather, Tennessee.  The Vols spent $1,878,771.00 on recruiting student-athletes for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11.

The SEC programs which spent at least $1 million on recruiting student-athletes for their men’s sports programs were:  Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.  Interestingly, LSU, which participated in this year’s BCS National Championship Game was one SEC school whose men’s sports recruitment expenses did not top $1 million.  LSU spent $574,182.00 on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11.

The school which spent the most on recruiting student-athletes for its women’s sports programs was Auburn.  Auburn expended $586,728.00 to recruit student-athletes for its women’s sports teams in 2010-11.

Conference Recruitment Expense Series: Pac-12

What would a Conference Recruitment Expense Series be without looking at the Pac-12?

Yesterday, recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA was posted.  Today, data for the MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, and WAC will be posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.  Furthermore, it should be noted that the “Average Per Player” column was calculated using the total number of male or female players in each school’s athletic department.  The schools are not required to report the number of student-athletes they recruited per a given year to the Department of Education. 

Schools Men’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Arizona $733,394.00 $91,674.25 $2,853.67
Arizona State $500,083.00 $71,440.43 $1,672.52
California $630,158.00 $52,513.17 $1,240.47
Colorado $633,190.00 $126,638.00 $4,397.15
Oregon $922,653.00 $153,775.50 $3,705.43
Oregon State $549,846.00 $68,730.75 $1,909.19
Stanford $771,567.00 $55,111.93 $1,692.03
UCLA $711,415.00 $79,046.11 $1,828.83
USC $680,645.00 $68,064.50 $2,001.90
Utah $497,391.00 $71,055.86 $2,181.54
Washington $776,098.00 $97,012.25 $2,344.71
Washington State $370,911.00 $74,182.20 $1,571.66
Schools Women’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Arizona $346,856.00 $31,532.36 $2,052.40
Arizona State $223,028.00 $22,302.80 $1,023.06
California $289,252.00 $22,250.15 $745.49
Colorado $252,231.00 $36,033.00 $1,341.65
Oregon $313,315.00 $34,812.78 $1,898.88
Oregon State $239,819.00 $26,646.56 $947.90
Stanford $307,870.00 $18,110.00 $823.18
UCLA $282,248.00 $25,658.91 $712.75
USC $311,769.00 $28,342.64 $1,113.46
Utah $256,217.00 $23,292.45 $1,341.45
Washington $313,484.00 $34,831.56 $930.22
Washington State $240,848.00 $30,106.00 $1,024.89

The Pac-12 school which spent the most on recruiting for its men’s sports programs in 2010-11 was Oregon.  The Ducks expended $922,653.00 on recruiting student-athletes for its men’s sports programs.

While Oregon spent $153,775.50, on average, per men’s sports team on recruiting, a Pac-12 school with a smaller overall budget averaged a similar recruitment expense amount per team.  Colorado spent $126,638.00 on recruiting per men’s sports team, on average.  Yet, Colorado’s overall men’s sports recruiting budget was nearly $300,000.00 less than Oregon’s.

The Pac-12 school which spent the greatest amount on recruiting for its women’s sports programs in 2010-11 was Arizona.  The Wildcats expended $346,856.00 on recruiting student-athletes for its women’s sports programs.

However, when taking into consideration how much was spent on recruiting for women’s sports by each team, on average, Colorado led the pack.  On average, each Colorado women’s sports team spent $36,033.00 to recruit student-athletes in 2010-11.

Conference Recruitment Expense Series: Mountain West Conference

Next up in the series is the Mountain West Conference.

Yesterday, recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA was posted.  Today, data for the MAC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, Mountain West and WAC will be posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.  Additionally, it should be noted that the Air Force Academy does not report its data to the Department of Education, and as such, it will not be considered in this posting.  Furthermore, the “Average Per Player” column was calculated using the total number of male or female players in each school’s athletic department.  The schools are not required to report the number of student-athletes they recruited per a given year to the Department of Education. 

Schools Men’s Sports Recruiting Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Air Force N/A N/A N/A
Boise State $223,629.00 $37,271.50 $993.91
Colorado State $411,818.00 $82,363.60 $2,167.46
New Mexico $435,937.00 $54,492.13 $1,540.41
San Diego State $221,214.00 $36,869.00 $996.46
TCU $493,981.00 $70,568.71 $1,836.36
UNLV $554,461.00 $79,208.71 $2,475.27
Wyoming $332,013.00 $55,335.50 $1,443.53
Schools Women’s Sports Recruiting Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Air Force N/A N/A N/A
Boise State $159,698.00 $17,744.22 $764.11
Colorado State $163,901.00 $20,487.63 $815.43
New Mexico $146,346.00 $16,260.67 $799.70
San Diego State $184,276.00 $18,427.60 $685.04
TCU $237,536.00 $26,392.89 $1,115.19
UNLV $217,069.00 $21,706.90 $1,019.10
Wyoming $142,555.00 $20,365.00 $937.86

The MWC school which spent the most on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11 was UNLV.  The Runnin’ Rebels spent $554,461.00 to recruit student-athletes for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11.

Although San Diego State’s men’s basketball team ran deep into March Madness in 2011, San Diego State spent the least on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in the MWC.  San Diego State only expended $221,214.00 on recruiting for its men’s sports programs.

TCU spent the most on recruiting for women’s programs in the MWC in 2010-11.  TCU spent $237,536.00 to recruit student-athletes for its women’s sports programs in 2010-11.

Conference Recruitment Expense Series: Mid-American Conference

Next up in BusinessofCollegeSports.com’s Conference Recruitment Expense Series is the Mid-American Conference.

Yesterday, recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA was posted.  Today, data for the MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, and WAC will be posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.

Schools Men’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Akron $267,595.00 $44,599.17 $948.92
Ball State $94,467.00 $13,495.29 $431.36
Bowling Green $274,989.00 $39,284.14 $1,216.77
Buffalo $283,833.00 $35,479.13 $982.12
Central Michigan $336,674.00 $67,334.80 $1,346.70
Eastern Michigan $378,397.00 $54,056.71 $1,208.94
Kent State $173,792.00 $28,965.33 $703.61
Miami $383,947.00 $54,849.57 $1,427.31
Northern Illinois $182,791.00 $26,113.00 $749.14
Ohio $296,483.00 $49,413.83 $1,167.26
Temple $289,671.00 $32,185.67 $992.02
Toldeo $295,872.00 $49,312.00 $1,472.00
Western Michigan $257,092.00 $42,848.67 $1,207.00
Schools Women’s Sports Recruitment Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
Akron $149,897.00 $18,737.13 $797.32
Ball State $78,218.00 $7,821.80 $358.80
Bowling Green $130,856.00 $14,539.56 $707.33
Buffalo $130,734.00 $16,341.75 $578.47
Central Michigan $140,233.00 $20,033.29 $904.73
Eastern Michigan $183,874.00 $18,387.40 $766.14
Kent State $126,574.00 $15,821.75 $652.44
Miami $158,334.00 $17,592.67 $638.44
Northern Illinois $88,582.00 $11,072.75 $454.27
Ohio $134,207.00 $16,775.88 $674.41
Temple $100,877.00 $9,170.64 $380.67
Toldeo $99,199.00 $12,399.88 $506.12
Western Michigan $66,616.00 $8,327.00 $424.31

The MAC school which spent the most on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11 was Miami (Ohio).  Miami spent $383,947.00 on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11.

However, the MAC school which expended the most per sports team, on average, on recruiting for its men’s sports teams was Central Michigan.  Central Michigan spent on average, $67,334.80 on recruiting for its men’s sports teams in 2010-11.

Eastern Michigan spent the most on recruiting for its women’s sports programs in the MAC in 2010-11.  The school spent $183,874.00 to recruit student-athletes for its women’s teams.

However, again, Central Michigan was the MAC school which expended the most per team, on average, on recruiting for its women’s sports teams.

Conference Recruitment Expense Series: Conference USA

The last post for today in BusinessofCollegeSports.com’s Conference Recruitment Expense Series is Conference USA.

Today, recruitment expense data from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Conference USA was posted.  Tomorrow, data for the MAC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt, Mountain West and WAC will be posted.  On Monday, a spreadsheet listing the top-50 spenders in terms of recruiting will be listed, sorted by total recruitment expense budget, amount spent per team on average and amount spent per player on average.

The data was obtained from the Department of Education.  Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions.  Furthermore, the data provided is for the 2010-11 school year.

Schools Men’s Teams Recruiting Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Athlete
East Carolina $340,355.00 $48,622.14 $1,299.06
Houston $344,423.00 $68,884.60 $1,275.64
Marshall $390,190.00 $65,031.67 $1,823.32
Memphis $759,844.00 $108,549.14 $2,824.70
Rice $447,140.00 $74,523.33 $1,894.66
SMU $290,043.00 $48,340.50 $1,355.34
Southern Miss $285,437.00 $47,572.83 $1,413.05
Tulane $305,021.00 $61,004.20 $1,763.13
Tulsa $471,693.00 $78,615.50 $2,134.36
UAB $234,669.00 $39,111.50 $1,179.24
UCF $334,079.00 $55,679.83 $1,561.12
UTEP $356,997.00 $89,249.25 $2,203.69

 

Schools Women’s Teams Recruiting Expenses Average Per Team Average Per Player
East Carolina $183,082.00 $22,885.25 $1,005.95
Houston $155,007.00 $22,143.86 $1,013.12
Marshall $146,512.00 $18,314.00 $856.80
Memphis $201,306.00 $28,758.00 $1,502.28
Rice $200,054.00 $33,342.33 $1,460.25
SMU $154,689.00 $17,187.67 $781.26
Southern Miss $121,741.00 $17,391.57 $989.76
Tulane $120,340.00 $20,056.67 $994.55
Tulsa $184,883.00 $23,110.38 $983.42
UAB $174,821.00 $21,852.63 $1,294.97
UCF $196,286.00 $19,628.60 $1,027.68
UTEP $161,002.00 $20,125.25 $1,298.40

In 2010-11, the greatest amount expended to recruit for men’s sports programs was spent by Memphis.  Memphis expended $759,844.00 to recruit for its men’s teams in 2010-11.  Subsequently, Memphis spent the most, on average, per team to recruit for its men’s sports programs in 2010-11.

The Conference USA school which spent the most on recruiting for its women’s sports teams in 2010-11 was also Memphis.  Memphis spent $201,306.00 on recruitment expenses in 2010-11 for its women’s teams.

However, on average, Rice spent more per team when recruiting for its women’s sports teams in 2010-11.  In 2010-11, Rice’s women’s sports teams spent an average of $33,342.33 on recruitment expenses.