One of the most discussed storylines in college football since last season ended is the Jim Harbaugh-led satellite camp tour for the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh and company have attended 38 camps across 22 states — including camps in Australia and American Samoa — which has racked up a tab of more than a quarter million dollars.
Michigan AD Warde Manuel says after Regents meeting that U-M football's satellite camp tour is expected to cost roughly $350,000.
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Pair that with the $350,000 Michigan spent on their spring break trip to IMG Academy in Florida and the Wolverines football program has been using up plenty of the university’s money.
However, that doesn’t seem to bother Michigan athletics director Warde Manuel, who defended the cost of Harbaugh’s tour.
“I’m willing to invest because Michigan has been in the role of really supporting and promoting what we think is the right thing to do,” he said, via Michigan Live. “He’s out there teaching the game the right way. He’s out there promoting the game of football, which is important to me, to him and to Michigan. For us, it is an investment that is worth it.”
Manuel views the cost as an investment into the future of the program and student-athletes. Considering how the satellite camps have paid off with impressive recruiting classes, you can understand why the investment is viewed in such a positive light.
Harbaugh has expressed his desire to go on another camp tour in 2017, and as long as the athletic director is on his side, we shouldn’t expect to see that stop anytime soon.
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