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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s use of a private jet cost more than $10,000 a day for 12 days in 2015. 

By Extra Mustard
February 12, 2016

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is known for his bizarre (and controversial) recruiting tactics. As it turns out, all his tree-climbing and sleepovers comes with a cost. 

According to documents acquired by USA Today, Harbaugh’s contract gives him access to a private jet for recruiting purposes, and those trips are expensive. During Harbaugh’s first month as coach of the Wolverines, his private jet usage was valued at over $10,000 a day over a 12-day stretch. That’s at least $120,000 worth of flying.

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To put that into context, here are some other things you could do with $120,000:

  • Rent half of a studio apartment in New York City (private bathroom)
  • Pay college athletes
  • Rent a whole studio apartment in New York City (shared bathroom)
  • Buy a house in a sleepy suburb
  • Pay college athletes
  • Buy a really nice horse (submitted by Erin Flynn)
  • Buy about 100,000 bagels (submitted by Dan Gartland)
  • Pay for someone to go to college
  • Donate $120,000 to the people of Flint, Mich.
  • Pay college athletes

USA Today reports Harbaugh’s total travel expenses from the 12-day period approached $136,000. Harbaugh signed a seven-year contract with Michigan in 2015, worth $5 million annually. The coach received a $2 million bonus upon signing and is eligible for 10% raises after three and five years. 

– Rohan Nadkarni

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