Oklahoma's investigation wasn't cheap

But it didn't totally break the bank, either.

According to the Associated Press:

Oklahoma has so far spent more than $50,000 on an investigation into major NCAA rules violations by the men's basketball program.

The university on Tuesday released the investigation's costs to The Associated Press in response to an open records request. Oklahoma listed payments totaling $50,057 to the legal firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King since September 2009 while looking into the program's second set of major rules violations in five years.

At first glance, that sounds like a lot of money. I mean, it's $50,000. No matter which method you use to try to wrap your head around it, it's still a chunk of change. When I first read the AP story, I thought, well, there you go, OU. That's what violations get you.

But NBC's Mike Miller makes a rather salient point here: As the price of NCAA self-investigations go, Oklahoma's is comparative chump change. For example, as of August 12 Ohio State revealed it had spent about $800,000 on its Jim Tressel-related investigation. That is a ton of cash. Of course, Ohio State can afford it, because Ohio State makes a ton of cash in revenue every year. But it helps put Oklahoma's expenses into perspective. All things considered, maybe $50,000 in lawyers' fees isn't so bad after all.