Jim Harbaugh’s ‘Summer Swarm’ tour cost over $211K

Set to make his debut as Michigan’s new head coach after the disaster Brady Hoke left behind, Jim Harbaugh – and his khaki-style tour bus – scoured the geography of seven states of the continental United States.

By traversing over 10 camps over an eight-day span, the cost to Michigan is anything but subtle as the check came out to $211,948.


To retrieve perspective on the amount, the Summer Swarm tour financially out-performed 40 FBS schools for the entire 2012-13 athletic year in terms of recruiting. And as a special note, that same year, Wisconsin accounted for recruiting expenses at a few dollars over $256,000.

While a majority of the funds went to airfare ($198,481), $13,467 was used for chow time/ground transportation/lodging. But all this literally paid off for the program, since 14-of-23 recruits in the 2016 class declared their commitments to play for the maize and blue.

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