Uconn had a massively successful 2010-11 campaign on the playing field. There was the men’s basketball national championship, the Fiesta Bowl berth, the women’s basketball Final Four and even the baseball Super Regional. However, as reported last week, the univeristy had an outside firm look into athletic director Jeff Hathaway. According to The Day the findings suggest that, “Hathaway’s shortcomings as athletic director are numerous, including micromanagement and an inability to make timely decisions, such as with hirings and contract issues.”
Shortcomings isn’t the correct work — it sounds ridiculous. The proof is in the pudding — Uconn has found success on the field under Hathaway. “Shortcomings” is a ludicrous thing to describe Hathaway’s efforts as Uconn’s AD.
That said, there are “issues” that have done Hathaway in. There is nothing official, but reports say that there will be a buyout. Uconn released a rather cryptic statement;
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.