How much does it cost to outfit a college football team?

Well, Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star obviously did — so he found out what Indiana University spends on the goods for its football team.

Most Division I football programs spend more than $100,000 to outfit their team. Add in practice gear, extra cleats, gloves and other miscellaneous items, and Indiana University’s annual cost tops $200,000.

Here’s some other tidbits:
– The most expensive players are offensive linemen since they usually wear knee braces that run around $1,200 a pop.
– Shoe sizes on the Hoosiers range from 9 to 17. Each player gets five pairs — 3 for practice, 2 for games — each season.
– Right tackle James Brewer says he goes through seven or eight pairs of gloves in a season.

USAToday.com
9/22/10