Recruiting budget audit

Despite two straight losing seasons, Tennessee is still the gold standard in recruiting spending.

The Volunteers are the only school to report over $1 million in expenses associated with football recruiting for the 2011 fiscal year, and Tennessee topped $1 million in the 2010 fiscal year as well. Other schools, especially those in the SEC, were also willing to throw around some cash to nab the nation's top prospects. Of the top eight schools in recruiting spending in 2011, six reside in the SEC.

The numbers come from budget data gathered from 99 of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision programs for the 2011 and 2010 fiscal years by ESPN.com. Private schools such as Notre Dame, USC, Stanford and Miami did not report figures, nor did colleges in Pennsylvania, where laws do not require public schools to disclose data.