FSU’s initial bill for IMG Academy trip: $176,532

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times FSU Seminoles football head coach Willie Taggart walks the field during practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times FSU Seminoles football head coach Willie Taggart walks the field during practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
Published August 30 2018
Updated August 30 2018

Florida State's bill for a trip to Bradenton's IMG Academy will cost the Seminoles more than $175,000, according to their contract signed earlier this month.

The breakdown:

Lodging: $77,634

Meals: $61,380

Facilities: $30,678

Other: $6,750

Total: $176,532

For comparison, Michigan spent about $350,000 for its spring break trip in 2016. 

The Tampa Bay Times received the contract Thursday after a public-records request. The document only includes figures for IMG, so it doesn't include other costs (like transportation).

Two other items of note:

A potential recruiting advantage was an obvious talking point for the trip because of IMG's loaded roster. The contract notes that FSU is responsible for ensuring that it didn't violate any NCAA rules, but IMG "acknowledges and agrees that it shall make every effort to assist (FSU) in adhering to all applicable rules and regulations" and that it won't interfere with FSU's ability to "maintain an atmosphere of compliance consistent with NCAA regulations and applicable laws."

The Seminoles were able to advertise the trip (and allow reporters to cover it) thanks to a multi-year agreement. The contract specifies that FSU will return next year, tentatively from Aug. 13-15.

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