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Athletics: As Ye Shall Sow

The Brown Daily Herald reports on the relative investment that the Ivy schools make in recruiting varsity athletes. We spend less than everyone except for Penn and Brown:

Ivy League Recruiting Expenses 2015.jpg

Is there a correlation between spending and performance? Look at how well teams from top-spenders Princeton and Harvard do year in and year out:

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The total Dartmouth College budget for the coming year will be just shy of a billion dollars. Too bad we can’t come up with a few hundred thousand smackeroos to recruit as seriously as the big guys.

Addendum: It goes without saying that spending on recruiting is probably just the tip of the iceberg of advantages the HYP have in athletics spending. But, please, don’t tell me that Dartmouth couldn’t cut waste in any number of areas in order to fund our athletics programs at the same level as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. After all, athletics is not even 3% of the College’s total annual expenses — as we shall show in a post next week.


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