Tag:Hurt Feelings
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:21 am
 

Angry UConn booster wants a refund

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Hell hath no fury like a booster scorned.

Robert Burton donated $3 million to UConn to fund The Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs. Burton is a printing industry executive who has lived in Greenwich for over 30 years, and has donated over $7 million to the football program in that time. Well, now he wants that $3 million for the football complex back, and he'd like his name taken off of it as well. It seems that Mr. Burton is pretty upset with UConn AD Jeff Hathaway not seeking his input when it came to hiring Paul Pasqualoni to replace Randy Edsall.

"The primary reason (former coach) Randy (Edsall) took another job is because he couldn't work with you," Burton wrote in a six-page letter to Hathaway. "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."

According to the letter, Burton asked Hathaway to keep him "in the loop" on the coaching search, asking him to do this on January 3. Burton says he never heard from Hathaway again until January 19 when Pasqualoni had already been hired. Burton also said in the letter that he wasn't looking for any kind of "veto power" but the fact that Burton wasn't consulted shows him that Hathaway doesn't respect his "point of view or value my opinion."

Which seems like a pretty big mistake on Hathaway's part, because according to the letter, the $3 million refund isn't the only thing Burton is going to do. He also said he won't be paying for his family's $50,000-a-year luxury suite at Rentschler Field. Burton even said "You already have many other empty boxes at Rentschler. My box will just join the list."

Burton didn't stop there, either. He no longer plans on purchasing an $8,000 ad inside the football program, he's moving all the money he donated for football scholarships to the business school, and Burton will stop an annual $20,000 donation for the school's summer coaching clinic. Oh, and speaking of the UConn business school, any time Burton's business needs to train any of its managers, it'll no longer be sending them to UConn's business school. It'll send them to Syracuse instead.

Ouch. 
Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Three Colorado players investigated for vandalism

Posted by Tom Fornelli

New Colorado head coach Jon Embree has his first chance to deliver a message to his team, as three Colorado football players are being investigated for vandalism according to the Denver Post.  The incident allegedly happened after the three players were denied entry into a party early last Saturday morning. Offensive linemen Bryce Givens, Eric Richter and defensive tackle Will Pericak, along with a fourth unidentified man, allegedly broke an elevator and kicked some cars in a parking garage on the way out.

In the video, posted by the victim and party host Jimmy Do, Givens can be seen kicking three cars. Here's a description from the police report:
"A group of 4 unknown males attempted to gain entry into his (Do) home. They parties were turned away. The males apparently became angry and as they left the building, they kicked and punched the elevator, possibly breaking the lights and causing the elevator to malfunction. The males then entered the parking garage. The first male exited the elevator and kicked the victim's 2007 BMW vehicle. ... The same male suspect also kicked two more vehicles before exiting the garage."
Do says he will not press charges against any of the players, as they've agreed to pay for the damages.  Though that doesn't mean they'll be escaping the wrath of their new head coach, who released a statement on Friday letting his players know this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

"I am in the process of meeting with all of the players involved in this incident," Embree said in the statement. "I understand that they have met with the victims and have offered apologies and restitution, and while that is appropriate, they will also face team and university sanctions.

"While I cannot reveal what those penalties might be, I will say I'm not going to tolerate this kind of behavior. I am still in the process of getting to know this squad and am recruiting new players, but I am serving notice to every current and future member of our team that I will not excuse off-the-field conduct that involves violence, vandalism, or any actions that dishonor this university or this program."
 
 
 
 
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