The emphasis of Tennessee’s new coaching staff on recruiting has come with a price tag.
UT’s 2009 signing class has cost $1,099,513.16 so far, according to records obtained by the News Sentinel.
Recruiting expenses are most often associated with coaches’ travel and hosting official visitors. With 22 commitments, UT spent almost $50,000 per signee.
“The new staff had to play some catchup and will have a lot of expenses,” said Tyler Johnson, UT’s associate athletic director for business and internal affairs, in an e-mail to the News Sentinel.