Robert Burton is the chief executive officer of Burton Capital Management, LLC. He has given more than $7 million to the football program, including a $2.5 million donation in 2002 for construction of the Burton Family Football Complex.
Burton did not graduate from Uconn. His son was a captain on the 1999 Uconn football team. Burton earned his bachelor’s from Murray State University, a master’s from Tennessee State University, and has completed post-graduate work toward a doctorate at the University of Chicago and University of Alabama.
While at Murray State, Burton was captain of the football team and was named an All-American in his senior year. He was a 19th-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1962.
What should be noted, is that Burton’s donations completely coincide with Uconn’s rise to relevancy in the Big East. This goes to show exactly what it takes to move from a 1-AA program to a 1-A program.
Let’s take a look inside the Burton Family Football Complex. I want to see what $3M buys you.
This must be the atrium. Whatever it is — this is beautiful.
Some nice facilities to recoup after getting it handled to you by Oklahoma.
Here is the weight room located in the adjacent Mark R. Shenkman Training Center.
Also worth a look is the actual letter sent from Burton to Uconn AD Jeff Hathaway. While I think Hathaway may have just stupidly cut ties with a major asset to the Uconn football family, this Burton guy sure comes off as a jerk-off too.
[source: The Day]
UPDATE: An incredibly small, but awesome tidbit, according to SI Uconn granted Burton an honorary doctorate degree in 2000. Money really can buy you just about anything, huh University of Connecticut?