Jim Harbaugh wasted no time with his recruiting efforts when he became the Michigan Wolverines head coach Dec. 30, 2014.
And money does not seem to be an issue.
Steve Berkowitz of USA Today reported the jet Harbaugh and his staff used accumulated more than $10,000 in costs per day in a 12-day span during his first month on the job, according to Michigan records. After trips to California, Florida and Georgia, among other states, the total for that nearly two-week stint came out to almost $136,000.
Berkowitz provided a breakdown of Harbaugh's travel adventures:
Traveling alone or being accompanied by as many as three assistants at a time, Harbaugh racked up 18 jet-travel legs from Jan. 19 through Jan. 30. There were another five "dead" legs involving no passengers, and an assistant coach had one solo travel leg. There was only day during that period for which no private-jet trips were logged (sic).
According to Berkowitz, in those 12 days, Michigan and Harbaugh spent a third of the school's travel expenses in the 2013-14 fiscal year ($584,721) and almost 15 percent of what it spent in the 2014-15 fiscal year ($739,337).
Michigan had the 37th-best recruiting class in 2015, per 247Sports. After going 10-3 in Harbaugh's first year at Michigan, the Wolverines have compiled the fifth-best recruiting class in the country in 2016, per 247Sports.
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Harbaugh's relentless recruiting efforts paid off when he got a commitment from defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation's top recruit in the 2016 class, per 247Sports. As long as Michigan's expenses lead to success on the field, it won't be shocking to see the dollar figures continue to escalate in the coming years.