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How Coach Jimbo Fisher and other major programs legally spend serious money to recruit top high school football players

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Wealth of information that recruiting fans ought to know. I suggest reading the whole article before drawing any conclusions. Great job organizing and putting this information in context by Ira Schoffel and the Tallahassee Democrat staff. "Where Bowden's staff spent just more than $280,000 on recruiting during his final season three years ago, FSU cranked that budget up to $500,000 in 2010-11 and raised it again to $525,000 in 2011-12. That's an overall increase of nearly 86 percent." Over 1/6th of FSU athletics' recruiting budget goes to chartered flights by football coaches. "It also includes more than $200,000 spent on private, chartered flights for FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher and his assistant coaches — the vast majority of which take place in the span of about six weeks leading up to February's National Signing Day." "Florida State's increased spending is not out of line with other major programs. Even with the recent surge in football, FSU spent $1.16 million on recruiting for all sports in 2010-11; the Seminoles spent just less than $750,000 on men's sports and about $407,000 for women's. The men's total ranked fourth-highest in the ACC, while the women's total was highest. Meanwhile, several athletic programs in the Southeastern Conference spend more than $2 million annually on recruiting expenses for all sports."
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