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Published: Friday, May 25 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Sione was a force to watch in college pushing around vastly inferior offensive linemen, and still impressive to watch clog the lanes and demand double teams in the NFL. Not only a great player, but very classy individual as well, and one of the few positive presences in that locker room last year. What a gift and an honor to have a guy like him come through the U, and now give back to the school like this.


Also, interesting to see a few weeks ago the USA Today posted a report on athletic department revenue and spending of all public D-I athletic programs from 2006-2011.

The University of Utah posted lowest percentage and total amount of subsidized funding for athletics in the MWC teams at that time, with $9.3M (24.6%) of their athletic spending coming from subsidized funds (meaning subsidized from the University itself, not directly from taxpayers' money). The next lowest was SDSU with $18M (40%) of expenditures coming from subsidized monies.

Then I looked at the state of Utah, which was even more interesting. Utah State University had $14.6M (64%) of their annual athletic expenses subsidized, while Utah Valley spent $8.1 (89.3%!!) of subsidized money.

It's also interesting to note that USU and UVU's status does not appear to be changing much in becoming more self-sufficient. Utah's is dramatically with conference revenue and Pac-12 Networks revenue. So the next BYU fan I hear from complaining how their tax dollars are funding Utah's athletics, I'd love to hear how you feel about the other two schools receiving even more of your money.

Highland, UT


Frankly none of us care, we just accept the fact that none of the 3 can pay its own way and we have to subsidize them eternally.

simply me

Wow, three utah atheletes gave money to the University and only comments. I guess all the utes fans are commenting on the byu page, Sione is my nephew and i am proud of what he has accomplished.

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