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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.

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“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]