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Iowa assistant coach Seth Wallace was instrumental in bring in many of the Hawkeyes' top recruits in 2017.

Iowa football recruiting expenses soar, per NCAA financial statement

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What did Iowa spend in football recruiting?

ANSWER: Iowa football recruiting costs increased by more than 33 percent from fiscal year 2016 to FY 2017, according to a document provided by the University of Iowa athletics department to Land of 10 via an open-records request.

Iowa football reported $536,298 in recruiting expenses to the NCAA for the 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2017. That’s up from $401,913 in fiscal year 2016.

The numbers cover a mix of the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes. Most of the expenses were incurred while putting together the 2017 football class, which signed Feb. 1, 2017. But April 15, 2017, through May 31, 2017, was an evaluation period for football coaches, many of whom were on the road during that time.

The 2017 recruiting expenses were the highest recorded by the football program. Typically, those numbers tend to fluctuate from one year to the next. In 2015, for instance, Iowa spent $487,068. That was a $140,000 jump from the previous year.

One reason Iowa’s expenses soared might have been due to the number of late-cycle de-commitments. Three players from Texas changed their minds during the 2017 cycle, which forced Iowa coaches to explore other players around the Midwest and nationally. Iowa picked up players from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida to replace the Texas athletes.

Iowa men’s basketball recruiting expenses dipped by nearly $75,000 in 2017 from 2016 numbers. Overall, Iowa’s athletics department spent about $15,000 more in recruiting expenses for fiscal 2017 than it did in FY 2016.

Here’s a look at Iowa’s football, men’s basketball and overall recruiting expenses spanning the last six fiscal years.

Football Men’s basketball Overall
2017 $536,298 $218,908 $1,587,447
2016 $401,913 $293,416 $1,572,543
2015 $487,068 $275,134 $1,609,904
2014 $347,037 $291,811 $1,321,424
2013 $477,455 $208,546 $1,275,114
2012 $403,305 $184,733 $1,197,184

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