The University of Tennessee men’s sports teams aren’t churning out national champions like other SEC schools, but the Vols are clear champs when it comes to its recruiting budget.
According to the website BusinessofCollegeSports.com, Tennessee’s men’s teams spent more than $1.8 million on recruiting in the 2010-11 year. That’s tops in the SEC by a substantial margin.
Auburn was No. 2 in the 2010-11 budget battle, spending a little more than $1.5 million, according to the website.
By comparison, the Lady Vols spent $417,252, the second highest total in the SEC. Auburn was the SEC’s top spender on the women’s side, with a budget of $586,728, Business of College Sports reports.
The website has tons of interesting info on how much schools spend on recruiting. In addition to total spending, the recruitment expense chart includes an average per team and average per player for each school.
The recruiting budget data is based on information that schools provide to the U.S. Department of Education. “Although this data is not perfect, it is the only data available for both public and private institutions,” the website says.
Fun fact: LSU, which won national football titles in 2003 and 2007 and lost the title game this year to Alabama, is NOT one of the six SEC schools that spent more than $1 million on recruiting in 2010-11, the website reports.
Does this mean schools don’t have to spend big bucks to win titles?
Here’s the website’s SEC report: Conference Recruitment Expense Series: SEC
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