That quote pretty much sums up the story of the University of Texas’ big boosters, who are giving at an unprecedented level.
While revenue at many big-time college football programs has fallen or stayed flat last season, revenue at the University of Texas—which comes from things like ticket sales and suite rentals—jumped by 20% last year to $87.6 million, the most ever generated by a college football program and almost $20 million more than second-place Ohio State University pulled in.
That’s taking place during a brutal recession, folks. So much for that “unseemly” raise for Mack Brown. He’s earned it.
Mr. Jamail says he was honored that his alma mater named the football field after him in 1997—until the Longhorns suffered an embarrassing loss to UCLA early in the season. “I called the athletic director and said, ‘How much money will it take to get my name off” that field? Mr. Jamail recalls. The coach at the time, John Mackovic, was fired at the end of that season and the selection committee sought Mr. Jamail’s opinion on Mr. Brown before hiring him.
When Mr. Brown took the helm in 1998, former Longhorn coach and athletic director Darrell Royal instructed him to call Mr. Jamail and ask for his blessing. “It’s his field, you need to get his permission,” Mr. Royal told Mr. Brown, who did as he was told.