It isn’t just coaching that makes Texas A&M break out the wallet.
A&M made headlines around the sports world when the figures of Jimbo Fisher’s 10-year, $75 million guaranteed deal was made public but that was only one example of the financial commitment to winning in College Station.
According to research compiled by Shannon Najmabadi and Daniel Levitt of the Texas Tribune, Texas A&M outspent every school in the state when it comes to recruiting budget. According to financial records, Texas A&M allocated $2.7 million in the 2016-17 school year. That figure represents $400,000 more than Texas made during the same time. Texas Tech also spent $1.8 million on recruiting.
The study also found that Texas A&M’s recruiting budget is up 184 percent since 2008.
Playing fourth fiddle, at best, in the SEC West wasn’t enough for Kevin Sumlin to stick around in College Station beyond the 2017 season. Considering the expense A&M is paying for football success under Fisher, it will be interesting to see how long the former Florida State coach is given before he elevates his program to challenge Alabama for supremacy in the division.
Taking into account the money being thrown into the Aggie program, the leash in College Station may not be as long for Fisher as many believe.