UConn Booster Wants His Money Back
Unhappy with the team’s choice of head coach, University of Connecticut booster, Robert G. Burton wants his $3M donation back. Robert G. Burton, CEO of Burton Capital Management, in Greenwich, Connecticut wrote a letter on January 19th to UConn athletic directory, Jeff Hathaway, expressing displeasure with the signing of new football coach Paul Pasqualoni. Even more than dissatisfaction with the signing, Burton expressed unhappiness with the fact that he was not consulted over the matter.
Burton called the situation “a slap in the face and embarrassment to my family,” and said he planned “to let the correct people know that you did not listen to your number one football donor.”
Here are some snippets taken from the 6-page letter that Burton wrote to Hathaway:
“We want our money and respect back.”
“The primary reason [former UConn coach] Randy [Edsall] took another job is because he couldn’t work with you…You are not qualified to be a Division I AD and I would have fired you a long time ago. You do not have the skills to manage and cultivate new donors.”
Burton, who played college football at Murray State, said although he was not seeking veto power in the hiring, simply that he had “earned my voice on this subject” as the program’s top donor. He is threatening to hire lawyers to enforce his demand to get his money back.
Joe Paterno had a famous quote when talking about major donors at Penn St:
“We want your money, but not your two cents.”
Mr. Burton has earned the right to have his name on a new gym. He has earned the right to have season tickets for the rest of his life. He has earned the right to have a single vote on the board. He can not, however, purchase the right to make executive operational decisions as they relate to the hiring and firing of staff.