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Michigan Football's Rome Trip Cost $750k-$800k

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel revealed the price tag for the Wolverines football program's spring trip to Rome.

The trip, which was paid for via private donations from a single Michigan booster, will wind up coming out to between $750,000 and $800,000, according to Manuel. The Detroit News reports that Manuel revealed the figure at a booster event in Grand Rapids today.

“It’s going to come in around $750,000, $800,000,” Manuel said Tuesday at Egypt Valley Country Club, where he participated in the Meijer LPGA Classic celebrity Pro-Am. “Waiting on a few numbers, so we don’t have it final, final, but it will be around 750, 800.

That works out to between $5,000 and $6,000 per person on the trip. Manuel used the expense to make a not-so-subtle argument against the notion of paying players.

"We pay them through an educational experience like Michigan does all the time. I don’t think about it in terms of paying our athletes but if people want to say we should give something to our students of value, I can’t think of a better way to invest in them for their lifetime and their experience.


“In the day and age where we get so much criticism about what we don’t do for our students, I just think this is an unbelievable way to show an investment in our Michigan student-athletes,” Manuel said."

That eternal debate aside, it is a very good opportunity for Michigan's players, and I'm sure it will be a boon for Jim Harbaugh on the recruiting trail as long as UM continues to schedule similar trips.

[The Detroit News]