Texas A&M Raises $750 Million, Almost Doubles Texas Longhorns' Effort

By DJ Byrnes on September 17, 2013 at 2:59p

(MEMO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO AL SARACEVIC: Elite football teams can help on the academic side of things too.)

Call it the Johnny Manziel effect if you must, but the Aggies recent come-up in football has spurred a record $750 million in donations over the last year, beating the unversity's previous high mark by nearly 40%. (For comparison, the University of Texas raised a paultry $400 million in the same time.)

From DallasNews.com:

Ann E. Kaplan, director of the Voluntary Support of Education survey, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that since 2001 the most money raised by a public university—cash in hand—was $595-million by the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2005.

Texas A&M Foundation president Ed Davis says the campus is enjoying more energy thanks in part to the Aggies' return as a college football power. Quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last year while leading Texas A&M to its best season in more than a decade.

Davis told the Chronicle of Higher Education three factors had driven the university’s fund-raising success: confidence among alumni and other donors that A&M is a place “on the move,” substantial wealth generation as a result of Texas’ robust energy economy, and a “positive demographic shift” that has created a large pool of donors who are in their prime giving years.

E. Gordon Gee was unable to be reached for comment, but it's assumed upon hearing this news he smirked and said, "Is raising $750 million something worth bragging over?" before sharing a light chuckle with his cloaked, bow-tied associates.


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BTBuckeye's picture

$750 million? That's a lot of autographs

theDuke's picture

I would imagine that was exactly Gordon E. Gee's reaction.  


Matt's picture

spurned = to reject with disdain or contempt -- spurred? #grammarnazi'd

DJ Byrnes's picture

*please don't kill me*

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

d1145fresh's picture

"But I thought having a good athletics department was bad for the school" - Cal's Athletic Director, probably

AndyVance's picture

The Money Badger don't give a $$$$.

MN Buckeye's picture

(For comparison, the University of Texas raised a paultry $400 million in the same time.)

For a moment I thought is said poultry. And $750M is not chicken feed.

Unky Buck's picture

It could be...well, as long as George Costanza is involved...

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Hovenaut's picture

I wonder how Mack Brown is taking this.

Gray Box's picture

Johnny Moneyball!