Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel revealed that the satellite camp tour of the Wolverines will cost between $300,000-350,000, he said while presenting the athletic department budget to the U-M Regents on Thursday.
Manuel says satellite tour will cost between $300-350,000.— angelique (@chengelis) June 16, 2016
"In my mind, I'm willing to invest because Michigan has been in the role of really supporting and promoting what we think is the right thing to do," Manuel said. "He's out there teaching the game the right way. He's out there promoting the game of football, which is important to me, to him and to Michigan. For us, it is an investment that is worth it."
Michigan generates the fourth-highest revenue in intercollegiate athletics and second in the Big Ten Conference, behind Ohio State, according to USA Today. The Maize and Blue registered $152,477,026 in 2014-15 finances.
Coaches from Michigan are in the middle of a 39 location satellite camp tour across the month of June. The camps take place across 22 states, along with American Samoa and Australia.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh intends to do another satellite camp tour if there are no NCAA bans nor restrictions imposed.
"I'm having more fun than I've had in a long time, so I don't see why not," Harbaugh told Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN. "I mean, if you don't like this, coming out coaching and teaching, then you might have gotten into the wrong profession. This profession may not be for you. If you're tiring of doing this or you think this is a grind or you're ready for it to be over, you might have picked the wrong profession."
Manuel responded to critiques, saying, "[Harbaugh is] investing so much of his time and so much of his staff's time," he said. "I fight every time I'm asked about it -- this idea that it's just about recruiting and it's just about Jim. He doesn't need that, if it was just about him. And we don't need that to know who we're going to recruit. That, I think, is an important piece to talk about as it relates to the expenditure and the investment that we're making."