Getting their money’s worth

The Mobile Press-Register has a series of articles posted looking at the cost of recruiting in the SEC over the past three years.  It’s not a completely clear cut comparison, because (as is acknowledged in the story) it’s hard to figure out how much spending on facilities to attribute to recruiting, not to mention how much a coach’s salary to allocate to his skills as a recruiter.  Still, if you just look at the recruiting budgets of every school in the conference except for Vanderbilt, the sole private school member, it’s an entertaining read.

Here’s the three-year average spent on football recruiting.

Tennessee: $1,154,802
Auburn: $705,125
LSU: $662,772
Florida: $599,818
Georgia: $521,174
Arkansas: $499,578
Ole Miss: $410,608
Kentucky: $307,571
Miss. State: $286,467
Alabama: $285,649
S. Carolina: $273,909
Vanderbilt: N/A

That Tennessee tops the list isn’t surprising, given all that we hear about how the Vols have to recruit nationally.  But Auburn number two?  (Although if you look at the recruiting class rankings over that time, it’s arguable that the Tigers got better bang for their buck than UT did.)  It’s also intruiging that South Carolina finds itself last in the conference in spending, not that Spurrier’s classes in that time have been too bad on paper.

Anyway, more to come is promised, including a look at where things are headed, given the regime changes at Tennessee and Auburn.  Interesting, isn’t it, that the two schools already spending the most have decided to double-down on their recruiting emphasis?  Let’s let a high school coach have the last word.

Said Gadsden City High School football coach Joe Billingsley: “The day it becomes more important than actually playing the game, it will be the downfall of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

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6 responses to “Getting their money’s worth

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  2. tmcworldwide

    I am sorry.
    How can you justify over a million freakin’ dollars in recruiting? That is an obscene amount of money even today.

  3. Hobnail_Boot

    That Alabama number has to be a typo.

  4. ArchDawg

    Where’d South Carolina’s recruiting budget go? To Sanford’s Argentina trips?

  5. Dog in Fla

    Bama tenth out of eleven?! Seems as if Head Coach Nick Saban’s recruiting budget at Alabama is funded through special Global War on Lane accounts attached to the annual defense appropriations act line items for recruiting rather than supplemental appropriations.

  6. Boz

    If the Alabama number is correct, $aban is by and far getting the most bang for his buck, and in some respect, is making up for the obscene amount of money he’s been paid to coach. But as noted above, that’s got to be a typo.