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 ' s overseas trip to France this spring came with a donor - funded price tag of more than $ 1 million . Per information obtained by the Michigan did not provide a more detailed outline of the overall allocation of expenses for the trip . Like Michigan 's trip to Italy in 2017, the trip to France

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 head football coach Jim Harbaugh says what his players can take from the trip is Two donors – who had wished to remain anonymous until Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh revealed their South Africa came up in conversation as it related to a particular possible site. We’re still working on it.”

Jim Harbaugh says Michigan football is headed to South Africa next year for its spring trip . U-M's past two trips to Italy and France have been covered by donations from donors Bobby Kotick All of Michigan football ' s overseas trips have been optional and players and not all players have attended

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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Michigan ' s football program spent a week in South Africa this May. Next year' s trip could be a domestic venture. Algeria ' s midfielder Sofiane Feghouli (10) celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarter final football match between Ivory Fans of the Algerian team

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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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