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SportMichigan football's donor-funded South Africa trip cost $1.19 million

00:20  12 july  2019
00:20  12 july  2019 Source:   freep.com

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Michigan football headed to South Africa for its 2019 spring trip . It took nearly a year for the team to finalize and plan this trip , the most ambitious of the three Michigan -coached Harbaugh teams He also revealed the names of the mystery donors for the privately- funded trips : Bobby Kotick and Don

This was a nice clip of Michigan players with South African kids, teaching a bit of football . Michigan has private donors pay for these trips ,maybe Michigan donors actually care more about the University than just winning games, I have no idea why other schools (swimming in cash) dont do

Michigan football's donor-funded South Africa trip cost $1.19 million© The Associated Press FILE - In this April 26, 2017, file photo, Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh talks to journalists during a press conference, in Rome. Harbaugh is taking Michigan’s football team to South Africa in May. Director of football operations Mark Taurisani tweeted about the trip Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Like last year’s visit to France, the Wolverines will not practice in South Africa. Harbaugh did have practices in Italy in 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

The Michigan football team's offseason trip to South Africa cost a total of $1.19 million, according to records obtained by the Free Press.

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Michigan took its team, coaches and several staffers on a week-long trip in May, the third straight year Jim Harbaugh and company have taken the program overseas in the offseason (Italy in 2017; France in 2018). All three trips were funded by athletic department donors.

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Michigan brought 98 student-athletes, two student managers, 34 coaches/staffers and two donors on the trip, according to records obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. Fourteen spouses and children of coaches/staffers also came on the trip, but their travel costs were not paid by the school or with donor money.

The breakdown of expenses was $1,154,830 paid to the travel agency organizing the trip and $38,241 listed as "other trip costs."

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"I enjoyed every minute of that trip," Harbaugh said on his podcast, "Attack Each Day," earlier this week. "Scenery that you wait your whole life to see and you'd never see it unless you were there."

Harbaugh said the program still is trying to figure out where it'll head in 2020. That trip, he said, could be domestic rather than overseas.

"(Maybe) Washington D.C. I'd like to go to the Supreme Court, the halls of Congress, the Smithsonian," Harbaugh said. "Or Gettysburg. Or we could go to San Diego, do some SEAL team training and (eventually) go on to Pearl Harbor."

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