Utah launches campaign to raise $150 million for athletics

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  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 25, 2012 9:54 p.m.


    "The facts are that the U has a $2.2 billion budget, 8% of which comes from you the Utah tax payer to cover academics and research."

    Is this the "new math" being taught on the hill?

    The University of Utah’s budget includes 11 line items, the largest of which is the Education and General line item, which covers 88.7 percent of the ENTIRE institution’s budget.

    As a public institution, Utah's budget is accessible to the general public, so unless you have some secret insider information that only you are privy to, please stop boring us 8% funding myth.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2012 9:27 p.m.

    The not so mighty Ute reality

    #8 of 12 Football (4-5)
    #2 of 8 Gymnastics
    #11 of 12 Basketball(M) (3-15)
    #8 of 12 Basketball(W) (8-10)
    #8 of 12 Cross-Country(W)
    -- of 9 Cross-Country(M) didn't compete
    #5 of 12 Soccer(W) (6-5)
    #9 of 9 Softball (0-15)
    #11 of 11 Baseball (5-13)
    #7 of 8 Tennis(M) (1-6)
    #8 of 11 Tennis(W) (3-7)
    #9 of 12 Volleyball(W) (6-16)
    -- of 12 Volleyball(M)

    As most rational fans expected, the Red Rocks are the only Utah team that's even come close to winning a PAC 12 championship. Women's soccer is the only other team to finish with a winning conference record.

  • Jealous U Alpine, UT
    April 25, 2012 7:34 p.m.


    "the U must fund raise now more than ever"

    The sad truth is if the Utes are pinning all of their hopes on being able to keep up with the PAC 12 Joneses in funding, they're fighting a losing battle.

    The Utes have bitten off way more than they'll ever be able to chew and middle of the pac to lower-tier conference finishes will be the norm from now on.

    A program that's only averaged ONE championship per decade for the last 60 years, in the much weaker WAC and MWC, will be lucky to win a championship every couple of decades in the PAC 12, despite the grandios delusions of the kids on the hill.

  • Utah Alum Orem, UT
    April 25, 2012 6:57 a.m.


    "The University of Utah is operated as a public university but is funded more like a private university..."

    You are soooo delusional. The U receives $400 to 450 MILLION every year from the State of Utah!

    You keep postulated this myth that the U generates it's own funds, but in reality, the vast majority of their self-generated funds comes from research grants, which only assists a relatively small percentage of UofU students.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 24, 2012 11:31 a.m.


    The utah "fans" have been the ones proclaiming utah will now be rolling in money. I have been saying that they will be just as far behiond everyone else as before, and I am correct about that. Even if utah raises $150 mil, and of course that is not even accurate as hill says $50 mil will come from new pac12 revenues which they get anyway, so really it is $100 mil, it still puts them at the bottom of the pac12.

    The average pac12 athletic budget is over $60 mil and the new tv revenues have not even kicked in. That should boost the average for the other schools to somehwere between $80-90 mil per year. That will be very tough for utah to compete with. Frankly they cannot.

    My guess is we will see most of the money put into the football program with the rest of the programs left to barely breath let alone compete. Then we'll see which school in this state really threw their olympic sports under the bus.

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    April 23, 2012 11:22 p.m.

    Duck ---You're still sore about the 54-10 beat down....it's ok.....

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 23, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    The University of Utah is operated as a public university but is funded more like a private university but in the case of the two private universities in the PAC 12 (Stanford and USC) Utah is way behind in fund raising and athletic money support. No one that I spoke with or read quoted in the paper ever said that the PAC 12 TV money would be the saving grace for the University of Utah. To the contrary, the U must fund raise now more than ever but the biggest benefit will go to the HS athletes from the State of Utah who will now get the state of the art facilities and the competition in a BCS conference that they deserve.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 23, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    This is something utah has to do to compete. They have to. The truth is they are at the bottom of the pac12 in athletic budget and with the exception of womens gymnastics no other program did well this year in conference. Even the much vaunted football season produced a losing conference record. Money matters, now more than ever, for utah. They have to fund raise.

    I do find it funny that utah "fans" have been telling us how great it will be to be rolling in doe with the new pac12 deal when this proves that to be false. As I have been saying for the last 2 years, utah will still be last in revenue in this conference and they will still be behind everyone else in facilities. utah has been a non self supporting and subsidized program for its entire modern existence, that hasn't changed. utah "fans" should be bearing more of the burden, they should be bearing all of the burden.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 22, 2012 8:50 p.m.


    I like your Obama-Gore reference. Very nice.

  • NC-Utes Toad Suck, AR
    April 22, 2012 5:16 p.m.


    Why soak the alumni and everyone else for more money? I thought all of the future revenue from the new conference affiliation was the 'fix' for everything athletic?

    Us po' folk can only hope that Obama's stash will subsidize our Al Gore internet and our cable tv so we can watch too.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    April 22, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Sherlock Holmes,

    The facts are that the U has a $2.2 billion budget, 8% of which comes from you the Utah tax payer to cover academics and research. None of your taxes go to athletic programs. None. $150 million from private sources for athletic programs is a drop in the bucket vs academic programs and what do you care anyway?

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 21, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    I love how any article about money spent on college sports always generates the same tired whining about spending on college sports. Give me a break.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    April 21, 2012 9:57 p.m.

    So, is the school trying to build some teams it can be proud of, or are the athletic programs trying to build a school it can be proud of...

    Just kidding. But in these days, the $ spent on sports overwhelm the $ spent on the academic items. Imagine if $150 million were put into student scholarships and academic programs...

  • satch Highland, UT
    April 21, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    Utah's education system has been doing it for decades. Money doesn't make your sports better?

    What hypocrites...