Got this link from a co-worker today, but to the surprise of no one, Notre Dame -- as an athletic department -- is one of the top spenders in Division I when it comes to recruiting budgets. The linked story is long -- very, very long. But the pertinent information is in the graphs underneath.
Notre Dame ranks second in overall recruiting budget, just behind Tennessee. The Irish spent $1,758,300 in 2006-07, up from $1,014,600 in 2001-02.
That's a 73 percent spending increase. Tennessee, meanwhile, spent $2,005,700 in 06-07.
Notre Dame's recruiting budget bumped 161 percent from 1996-97, when the school spent $674,000 on recruiting for all sports.
Of BCS schools, the 161 percent jump in 10 years is the eighth largest, just behind Indiana.
Of the $1,758,300 Notre Dame allocates to recruiting, $391,500 -- or 22 .3 percent -- of it to women's sports.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, which published the report, did not have information broken down by sport as that is not required to be reported to the U.S. Department of Education.