Price of Michigan's IMG Academy Practice Revealed - Approx. $350k

Submitted by EastCoast on May 27th, 2016 at 10:23 AM

This was just posted by Angelique of the Detroit News.


Michigan spring football trip expenses Total: $348,553 (per open-records request)

— angelique (@chengelis) May 27, 2016



May 28th, 2016 at 2:12 PM ^

Is a fucking idiot !!
Nobody with any sense of responsibility would spend 350k on a practice. What a fucking scammer, he should be ashamed. He could have spent this money in Detroit or Flint or someplace that would have done more than just bring attention to himself. Harbaugh = Art Briles = Hugh Freeze


May 27th, 2016 at 11:51 AM ^

I was curious so I did some googleing. 


Michigan spent $2,097,867 for the team’s trip to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl, the program’s first bowl game since December 2013

Michigan received $2.02 million from the Big Ten in travel reimbursements for the Citrus Bowl…

Mr. Yost

May 27th, 2016 at 10:38 AM ^

More schools should try and get this done...that's a big chunk of revenue. Just got a brand new locker room or weight room or field turf for your field.

Worked out for everyone and only the SEC is salty.


May 27th, 2016 at 11:22 AM ^

Good idea!  But there are field standards and space needs that must be met.  I'd hate to lose Peppers to a knee ligament tear due to a poor field.  Not worth it...  There has to be a better way to 'give back', or whatever.  Hell, Alabama just pays for new facilities as a donation!


May 27th, 2016 at 2:43 PM ^

Agree 100%. There are lots of schools in FL that are in desperate need of money like this and can do a lot with it. Now that we've built the bridge with IMG it would be great to spread the love a bit or maybe even do some practices at different area schools throughout the week in exchange for a piece of the overall spend. Even $10k of essentially free cash could make a big difference for some of those schools--not to mention what it would do to help us build a relationship with the coaching staff and potential pipeline.

Space Coyote

May 27th, 2016 at 10:43 AM ^

Besides "facility" being slightly cheaper (remember, that includes room and board above), the price is essentially in the same ball park. And as much as I like the band, and as much as I understand you can have a reduced group for away games, at the end of the day, there aren't many people putting down money to watch the band. The football team brought in the vast majority of the money that they ended up spending on themselves.

So yeah, I'm not going to make a stink about this one.

Bando Calrissian

May 27th, 2016 at 11:12 AM ^

I'll say it: It's strange for a football program as big and successful as Michigan's, and a band program as big and successful as the MMB, that the band has not gone to a regular- season away game that wasn't in East Lansing, South Bend, or Columbus (aside from having to beg their way to Dallas) since (IIRC) the Illinoi game in 2000.

Just think about that for a second when you consider how common band travel has become these days. Every other school finds a way to get their bands to as many games as possible. Michigan? Rivalry games only.


May 27th, 2016 at 12:01 PM ^

Yeah, it's too bad. And the thing is, you don't have to send the whole band to Evanston or Bloomington. Whenever this comes up, people say, well, it cost X to send the band to OSU or wherever. But USC (which sends its band to every game) only sends the entire group to ND and the California schools. The other road games are split up by class, with seniors getting first pick. So, presumably, those games are a quarter of the cost.

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Bando Calrissian

May 27th, 2016 at 12:23 PM ^

There are conference rules on pep bands, but if you notify the home school and there's space in the stands, it's allowed. Hence why when MMB students would arrange away-game trips on their own for their off weekends, we couldn't take instruments into the stands on our own accord. It wasn't pre-arranged and agreed to, or some such thing.

Also, for whatever reason, the MMB administration has always been super anal to the point of absurdity when it comes to pep bands. They're absolutely insistent upon creating the perfect balance of symphonic sound no matter the size of the group... I get it, but sometimes... More damn sound, you guys.