CHICAGO -- Big Ten administrators and school athletics directors meet today and Wednesday to discuss multiple topics, including likely a revamped college football postseason and the intra-conference transfer rule.
Marc Morehouse and I will post blogs around the clock from the Sofitel Hotel on these topics and more during the next two days and afterward.
For starters, The Gazette requested 2011 fiscal year financial statistics (the latest available) through open-records laws from all Big Ten schools. The statistics are submitted annually to the NCAA. Of the Big Ten's 12 schools, only private university Northwestern denied our request.
The Big Ten's 11 public schools combined to spend more than $4.1 million in football recruiting in fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011). Michigan and Illinois were the major spenders that year, while Wisconsin spent the least. The numbers are somewhat ambiguous because the 2011 national signing date fell in the middle of the fiscal year.
On the high end, Michigan's numbers are split between former coach Rich Rodriguez and current coach Brady Hoke. On the low side, Wisconsin signed 20 scholarship players in February 2011, added just 12 in 2012 and picked up a heck of a quarterback (Russell Wilson) in the middle.
Here's a look at the Big Ten football, men's basketball and overall athletics department recruiting expenses for fiscal year 2011: