John Calipari Reportedly Spent $200K on Plane Trips for Recruiting in 2013

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

USA Today

In case you didn't know already, recruiting the best high school players in the country doesn't come cheap.

According to The Courier-Journal's Kyle Tucker, Kentucky coach John Calipari spent more than $200,000 on plane trips for recruiting visits in 2013 alone. That number doesn't include commercial flights, jets provided by boosters, hotels or car rentals.

The Wildcats coach reportedly spent $342,713.91 on jets in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Calipari did a lot of traveling during one short period of time. According to Tucker, Calipari spent $97,618.33 on chartered flights in July 2013 and another $102,590.23 on jets a few months later in September.

That's a lot of money for most programs, but for an iconic program like Kentucky, it's a bit easier to justify. Nabbing top recruits helps the university bring in money, so in a way, the trips pay for themselves.

Calipari routinely signs the top recruiting classes in the nation. His recruiting style is costly for the university, but there's no doubt it has produced great results on the court.

[h/t Sporting News]