UGA Athletic Board actions include $2 million gift to university (UPDATED)

(Updated 7 p.m.)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND — Georgia’s athletics department will finish this fiscal year with about $7 million more in revenue than expenses — and will donate $2 million of it to help the university through hard financial times.

The contribution will be in addition to the $6 million over three years pledged by the UGA Athletic Association to the university’s academic programs last year.

The latest gift, which will go toward funding professorships and scholarships, was unanimously approved by the Athletic Association’s board of directors Thursday after a recommendation from athletics director Damon Evans.

Evans said the contribution was appropriate given the university’s struggle with reduced state funding and the Athletic Association’s surplus. The association is a separate legal and financial entity from the rest of the university.

“I listen to what’s going on throughout our campus,” Evans said. “When you are operating like we are and have the resources … I just thought at this time if we can help out there, let’s do it.”

UGA President Michael Adams told the board that he’s grateful for the gift.

“I want to thank the association for its support to the university in what I think is the toughest 18 months the university has had financially since World War II,” Adams said.

“I think the relationship with those two sides of the house is as strong as it’s been in my 13 years here,” Adams added.

The Athletic Association board, meeting at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, received an upbeat financial report. The association will bring in about $84.8 million in revenue for the 2010 fiscal year, which ends June 30. Even after the $2 million donation to the university, the association will have about $5 million left to add to its reserve funds. The association’s reserves will top $65 million at that point.

“This is really an amazing report in these economic times,” Adams said.

On one down note, Georgia reported that “Hartman Fund” donations, which determine football season-ticket priority, declined by about $500,000 this year, from $23.3 million in 2009 to $22.8 million. The donations reached a record $26.1 million in 2008.

“It’s a combination of the economy and how we performed as a team,” Evans said of the decline. “The support is still there, but I just think when people are excited and people have a little bit more expendable income, they’ll put more toward their ticket priority. Right now, with the economy and so forth, people are a little bit more hesitant. But we’ll still be sold out.”

About 2,000 season tickets were not renewed, up from 1,500 non-renewals last year, but all have been claimed by other donors.

The athletics board approved a budget of $84.75 million for fiscal year 2011, which starts July 1, roughly the same amount as this past year. As with other university employees, athletics department staffers — including coaches — generally are not getting raises unless they have multi-year contracts that call for increases.

In other action Thursday, the athletics board approved spending:

  • $750,000 to install new chairback seats throughout the baseball stadium, Foley Field, which currently has a combination of chairback and bleacher-type seats.
  • $500,000 to create an academic hall of fame that will honor athletes’ scholastic accomplishments.
  • $200,000 to address erosion problems near Gate 9 of Sanford Stadium.

88 comments Add your comment

Lance

May 27th, 2010
9:23 am

who cares — Win games! :)

dawgfan

May 27th, 2010
9:29 am

who care bout academics uga is a football school and mark richt will beat the gaytuds and the bugs and will the national chamipoinship becuas e the sec is the best cionference in the world and no conference is better not the acc not the big 10 not the nfl but we wont win the national chamipionship if were spending all the monmey on school i never went to college but i tunred out alright i have a job with no college and uga is a football school.

How much?!

May 27th, 2010
9:31 am

$750K for 3,291 seats at Foley Field? Talk about the cheap seats.

Wrecker

May 27th, 2010
9:33 am

As much as I like to poke fun at UGA as a rival fan, this is a very admirable action by the UGA athletic association.

learn something everyday

May 27th, 2010
9:34 am

dawgfan: I hope you were being funny. Otherwise you may well be the most pure definition of uneducated trash I have ever encountered. I can just imagine the missing teeth and yellow pit stains on your moth eaten wife beater now. Don’t get made and spill your natty light all over your keyboard, it is what it is.

Nasty Nate

May 27th, 2010
9:39 am

UGA is the second most profitable athletic association in the land behind only Texas. Only giving $2 million to ACADEMIA a year is a disgrace. Teachers are getting laid off and Football coaches are getting raises. If UGA is struggling with their huge money making athletic department i really feel bad for the little schools out there. Where does education fit in to this. Oh yeah, who cares. Win games!

Old Dawg

May 27th, 2010
9:40 am

This is a great way for the Athletic Association to prove it’s part of the overall university. I’m extremely proud of Damon Evans for his leadership and vision.

Congrats to everyone who supports this move!

TDR

May 27th, 2010
9:40 am

What’s wrong with Natty Light? I prefer Milwaukee’s Best, but still. :)

Concrete Pete

May 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Funny that Adams thanked Damon for doing something he was forced (by Adams) to do.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

May 27th, 2010
9:43 am

Well, the sun doesn’t shine on every dog’s a$$ all the time. UGA just paid an assistant football coach $750,000 to come save the program and here we are with no mascot heading into the season. A little money for academics sounds reasonable to me. Maybe they can hire 10 teachers for what they pay an assistant coach. What kind of school paints a little dog’s a$$?

learn something everyday

May 27th, 2010
9:44 am

nothing wrong with the beast, but there is something wrong with natty :)

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
9:46 am

I feel sorry for you because you have not encountered much trash. It is a lot of fun visting walmarts in North Georgia and Tennessee. Something to be said about Social Darwinism.

Dawglasville

May 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Those who don’t care about academics are the ones who did not attend. A fan is a fan. The more the merrier. I’m just saying that is the most logical explanation for the division.

learn something everyday

May 27th, 2010
9:50 am

I have a brilliant idea for Anheuser-Busch, fortify Natty Light with Flouride! I’m gonna go pitch this idea immediately. Dentists won’t loose out, trash doesn’t go in to them even to get a tooth pulled anway, strings and door knobs work just fine.

And go dawgs, encountered plenty, just unusual to find one with an internet connection…. but always fun to razz em, something everyone can jump on board with.

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Athletic association owes it to the school. They do not owe the school anything. Should they donate money? Of course. The football program already gives back to the school in so many ways. One being, free marketing and pub.

TurkDawg

May 27th, 2010
9:52 am

Classy move by Evans, While most Universities in the country are sending money to athletics its nice to see some money move the other way around. UGA is suffering now and every cent will help

Brad

May 27th, 2010
9:53 am

hey Nate..the next time 90,000 people show up to see students take a math test let me know.

PTC DAWG

May 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Good move by Evans…it’s easy to spot the rival fans on this blog…you guys keep the humor rolling…

dawgfan

May 27th, 2010
9:55 am

no go dawgs your wrong without the football teams there would be no universiti of georgia and thats a fact that you cant argue with becuase its an aboslute fact academics are not important i don’t see thousands of people or uga classrooms on the tv but i sure do see the football games with the full stadium.

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Go and donate Christmas gifts to the poor, wait, the less fortunate. I saw nicer Televisions then I own. Yet,to Have seen a trailer without a dish on the top.

David Polelock

May 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Learn something everyday, Today, learn the difference between loose and lose!

Damon

May 27th, 2010
9:57 am

I have to pay back that raise somehow! $2 million is a nice start!

Staring Captain Willie Martinez in 20,000 Arm Tackles Between The Hedges

May 27th, 2010
9:59 am

$500,000 for an academic hall of fame

and we wonder why the academic program is going through tough financial times

Seriously how about allow 5,000 to 10,000 more students in for more revenue because I know plenty of parents kids who cant get in

Oh, cut out the wasteful spending on things like an academic hall of fame

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
9:59 am

There would be a uga without the football team. Would it be as popular? Heck no. It would be a Georgia state or a Kenn. state. But wait, those schools have either added football or will because of the positives it will bring to the school.

Dawghater

May 27th, 2010
10:00 am

What Academics! He might want to make his athletes take real degrees. “Hey, I grad u at ed from UGA with a Recreational & Housing Degree. I know how to rec re ate and house myself, but I played ball at UGA!”

Reality Bites

May 27th, 2010
10:01 am

Georgia Tech is the only school from the state of Georgia to be punished by the NCAA for academic fraud! YES! Georgia Tech was guilty of academic fraud in athletics!!! Georgia Tech just recently finished serving an NCAA probation for changing 19 athletes grades in order to keep them eligible to Eleven of the athletes were 1st string football players!

Georgia Tech: When it comes to academics and sports has a history of cheating. That is a fact!

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
10:02 am

add more online courses and degrees

Casey

May 27th, 2010
10:04 am

I am not enrolled at Georgia, but always wanted to go, but I think it’s a great thing to add back to the academics side of things, cause without that, we wouldn’t have college football or college sports, just NFL overpaid egos. Like I read earlier, Georgia is the second most revenue productive institution in the country, so $2 million isn’t anything to them, and I believe more should be done like this. Especially considering you have to make the grades to remain on the teams. I think three quarters of a million for seats at Foley Field is a little much, but if their making the money, they have the right to spend it.

PMC

May 27th, 2010
10:11 am

and this is just another reason that strong athletic departments help academic institutions…..

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
10:12 am

Welfare school. It is great the athletic association is giving money, but it doesn’t matter if it “isn’t anything”. It was a great gift, end of story. Should more be done during “good” times? Maybe better planning would have helped.

catlady

May 27th, 2010
10:21 am

That merit award is funny. You see, almost every single “Presidential Scholar” gets HOPE to pay tuition, and comes from the very highest quartile of parental income!

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

May 27th, 2010
10:24 am

I think it’s GREAT that the AA is in a position to be able to help the university. Anyone who says otherwise is just an idiot. That is what the alumni and boosters would want done, I’m sure. The AA is in a postion to be able to do this because they have been able to put a quality product on the field and generate donations. Damon just needs to remember that. Mediocre teams year after year and the donations will start fading fast!

he's like a Fox

May 27th, 2010
10:25 am

reality bites…..how many points is a three point shot worth? shut up! you redneck dummy

Emily

May 27th, 2010
10:26 am

@Nasty Nate: I’m with you, friend. The university was chartered in 1785, and the Dawgs joined the SEC about 150 years later. I think they’ve hacked it without a football team. I will never forgive the AA at Georgia for busting students for parking in the parking lots they pay for. Many times did I put myself in danger, parking my car across campus on Game weekends to avoid getting it towed.

You do not know fear until you are a 18-year-old girl walking across a college campus alone at night after getting off work, getting propositioned by mobs of good old boys sitting on tailgates drinking 40s with their friends – all because your school rented out your safe, well-lit parking spot to the highest bidder. A university is an institution of education and should making student safety a priority – but oh no, not on Game Day. Just Win.

Go Jackets

May 27th, 2010
10:27 am

UGA’s operations should be consolidated with GSU and the entirety of the school should be located in Atlanta. It would save the State a considerable amount of money to not continue to operate two schools that are functionally no different. The football games can be moved to the Georgia Dome. In the interest of satisfying fans from both schools, the “G” logo can be kept, but the uniforms should be primarily purple (GSU colors). UGA the dog can be replaced on the sidelines with a live panther. This shouldn’t be a big deal because the dog is dead anyway.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

May 27th, 2010
10:29 am

That’s a lot of Coppertone for Richt, and bail money for the athletes with a DUI.

Dawg Fan

May 27th, 2010
10:34 am

The earlier post from “dawgfan” is a jealous bug (probably Saint Simons).

Timmy Dog

May 27th, 2010
10:48 am

Reality Bites, do you have to be reminded of all the trouble we got in for academic fraud for hiding athletes in Remedial Studies under Vince Dooley? Stop embarrassing Dog fans. And as for this being a noble effort by Evans, he was forced to do it by Adams. This is not that big of a deal and we should be giving more to the school with what we make. Go Dogs! Bring home the title from Hoover!

Staring Captain Willie Martinez in 20,000 Arm Tackles Between The Hedges

May 27th, 2010
10:53 am

Attention season ticket holders

The University of Georgia would like to announce that donations will be raised for the 2011 season and thereafter.

Due to the missuse of funds from the academic side of the institution the athletic association has been called upon to lend a hand to spend more of your hard earned money on things like an academic hall of fame and a large salary for President Adams who wasted time trying to oust Dooley instead worrying about the funding of the academic side of his school.

An additional $1500 per season ticket will be asked for. And though we cant get our act together and learn to beat FL, $500 of the $1500 will be spent on motivational uniforms in the hopes that there will be 1 game in this decade we will pull out a win against them.

Sincerely

Athletic Director Evans

Gary

May 27th, 2010
10:54 am

Got to love the bees on here. UGA AA does something good for the university as a whole and all the bugs can do is show their true colors.

Hey Go Jackets – maybe the state needs to consolidate Tech and GSU together – since you are so close in proximity – and let you merge your athletic departments as well. Maybe then you can fill up that 55,000 seat joke of a stadium you have.

dawgfan

May 27th, 2010
10:57 am

hahaha thats a good one gary those bugs cant even fill up that stadium i thought they were enginers why did they build a stadium there its so close to the highway and theres no parking lot.

Fair and Balanced

May 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Teachers used to be paid poorly I’m told. According to the distribution of this AD gift – they get paid pretty dog gone good! Of course, so do the coaches at UGA.

Blackberry Cobbler

May 27th, 2010
11:18 am

99.9% of students, faculty, and staff have not benefited one penny from this $2 million or the $6 million already pledged.

The money goes toward pet projects that benefit very few. Meanwhile tuition goes up and faculty and staff have not had pay raises in 3 years.

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
11:25 am

Coaches are paid free market without tenure and freedom to teach what they want. If they do teach something that their plays fail on sat. then the coaches get fired.

Go dawgs

May 27th, 2010
11:29 am

Imagine money given that does not benefit everyone. That does not ever happen.

sturn

May 27th, 2010
11:31 am

Nasty Nate, Speaking of academics, can you read? 2 million on top of the 6 million already pledged.

jack

May 27th, 2010
11:32 am

Why is timmy tebags photo still up on the homepage? Can someone at AJC please take that off?

damngooddawg!

May 27th, 2010
11:33 am

Blackberry Cobbler, where do you get your inside info? Are you Jan Kemp risen from the dead or something?
Go Jackets, The University of Georgia was a well established university in Athens when the north avenue campus location was a …. well there was probably nothing there but a few hogs, cows and fleas and bugs…come to think of it, nothing’s really changed.

jesse james

May 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Old Nate – It is like the late Coach Erk Russell said, “He never saw a pep rally to build a library”. I agree if you don’t have students you have no college athletics and I agree academics should come first and it is great to see athletics team up with academics. Sounds like a winning combination.

Apple Pie

May 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Blackberry Cobbler makes a great point

So does Captain Willie Martinez

UGA uses money to want to build an Academic Hall of Fame. No one even goes to the sports hall of fame in Macon and they have been considering to close it. You would think that would be considered before wanting to build an Academic Hall of Fame

And Adams wastes time ousting Dooley

Thats two examples of pet projects as Blackberry states is why the academics department needs money

Time for Adams to leave