How much does recruiting cost in the Pac-12? And how does it compare with other conferences?
Check out this interesting story from ESPN Recruiting, which gathered budget data from 99 of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision programs for the 2011 and 2010 fiscal years. Private schools such as USC and Stanford don't make budgets public.
Oregon spent the most in the conference in both 2011 and 2010, though it spent less this past year. Washington State spent the least both years. Here's a guess that USC and Stanford, which both recruit nationally, would be near the top of the conference.
Tennessee spent the most of any program: $1,479,099. By far. That's more than $1 million more than any Pac-12 program, other than the Ducks, who spent $590,683 in 2011.
Not surprisingly, schools like Alabama and Auburn spent nearly $1 million. Perhaps surprisingly, schools like LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma spent less than $360,000.
Here's how the Pac-12 stacks up.
School: 2011, 2010
Oregon: 590,683, 622,254
Colorado: 470,355, 438,289
Washington: 440,931, 313,631
UCLA: 412,535, 384,100
Arizona: 411,785, 410,202
California: 394,298, 319,203
Oregon State: 298,631, 213,477
Utah: 289,353, 249,392
Arizona State; 229,464, 271,764
Washington State: 202,172, 205,301