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Kentucky Basketball: Team Gets Good Return on Highest Recruiting Budget

Mark AmentContributor IIDecember 6, 2016

Well, at least you can say John Calipari gets a decent return on his money.

The Kentucky basketball coach has brought a team from a third school to the Final Four, joining former Kentucky and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino as the only men to coach three different schools to the Final Four.

Pitino's Final Fours are still recognized by the NCAA, however, while, of course, Calipari's first two, Massachusetts and Memphis, are not.

What did I mean by a decent return on his money?

It turns out that the UK recruiting budget is the highest in the country, according to Bloomberg.com, at least among public schools in the six major conferences.  His budget edged Kansas, $434,095 to $419,228, but the gulf between UK and fellow Final Four member UConn is wide. 

Jim Calhoun struggles on a mere $175,740, the 18th-largest in the country and the third-largest in the Big East. 

As a private school, Butler doesn't have to release budget information. 

VCU, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, wasn't included in the study, but it's safe to assume that its budget is significantly smaller than either UK or UConn.

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