Ann Arbor.com's David Birkett FOIA'd the cost of the search for the new Athletic Director. While I jokingly accuse him asking who the other candidates were in an effort to poll each of them on whether or not they would have fired Rich Rod already, it's got some pretty interesting content to it.
According to records obtained from the university, Michigan paid Spencer Stuart $75,000 in retainer fees, a $25,000 incentive bonus and $23,545 in expenses. The bonus was payable at Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman’s discretion.
Expenses included $7,621 for a “candidate background check,” $2,779 for an unspecified number of “candidate hotel rooms” last Dec. 5, and $2,319 for a “banquet” the same day at a Hyatt Regency hotel.
The total cost for the search was $124,159.
Interesting other stuff peppered in otherwise. He did ask for the other names involved in the search, but due to the search being performed by the consulting group, that information wasn't available through FOIA.