Michigan’s public colleges spend millions to subsidize athletics

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ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Alex Gillett #8 from Eastern Michigan Eagles gets ready to hand the ball off to Javonti Greene #32 in the first quarter of the game against the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

By Paula Gardner and Brian McVicar

Two west Michigan universities will host home football games on Sept. 10, a day of fanfare when students, alumni and fans will gather in Kalamazoo and Allendale in hopes that their teams will build on last year’s winning records.

But there’s a $13.6 million difference.

That’s how much more Western Michigan University spends to subsidize its athletic program than does Grand Valley State University, according to NCAA filings.

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