Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 9/27/12

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks to his team during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)



The University of Kentucky Wildcats won their eighth national title in school history back in April, but it didn't come without a cost. UK reportedly racked up quite a tab during their stay in New Orleans for the 2012 NCAA Final Four - a bill upwards of $370,000 to be exact - and that's not even including the $350,000 bonus head coach John Calipari received for winning the championship game.

Some of the notable expenditures include:
+ Nearly $40,000 extra to charter an additional flight to The Big Easy, for extra passengers
+ $500 to $700 a day for deep tissue massages given to players by therapists
+ $52,000 for a week's worth of food for the team
+ $154,818.92 for 117 rooms at the Crown Plaza Hotel
+ Tens of thousands of dollars for security, rental cars, buses, parking, and equipment
+ $350,000 to Calipari for winning the championship
+ An additional $42,000 for extra rings, jackets, caps, and printed photos of the team after the title game, most of which went to major donors as gifts

Add everything up and you've got a total cost of nearly $1 million.

Credit goes to Duane Pohlman of WLKY for being the one who not only scoured over the expense reports, but for putting UK Executive Associates Athletic Director DeWayne Peevey on the hot seat as well. Some of the answers given by Peevey were strictly textbook while others were simply humorous. Here are a few examples:

"That was something the guys say really helped rejuvenate them," said Peevey regarding the legitimacy of paying out nearly $5k for massages. Yeah, I bet.

And then there was this little gem by Peevey later on in the interview, "We're used to a certain level of accommodation. It was a little sub-par to our liking for some of our kids," said Peevey on the reason why UK chose another restaurant for its players after spending about $30k on another.

Peevy would later add this remark regarding the reason for the eatery change, "It wasn't something a normal person would go in there and understand the difference."

Yeah, you're right. Pardon us "normal people" for thinking that having $50k to flush away on food in less than a week isn't adequate.

All in all, it just goes to show that winning doesn't come cheap. It takes a great a deal of investment, and an even greater knack for frivolous spending along the way.

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