AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Newly released figures show Auburn University ran a deficit of more than $600,000 from its trip to the BCS national championship game in Glendale, Ariz.
The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga., said Friday that Auburn reported spending $2.9 million on the 9-day trip in January. Auburn received an expense allowance of about $2.3 million for the trip from the Southeastern Conference, putting the school in the red by $614,106.
The figures don't include the school's share of the money from the bowl payout, the SEC or sales of licensed items.
In all, Auburn sent more than 900 people to the game including the football team, the band, cheerleaders and school officials. Associate athletics director Scott Carr says the deficit resulted from the great distance to Arizona.
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