STORRS, Conn. — A booster who demanded the return of $3 million from Connecticut because he was unhappy with the hiring of its football coach will let the school keep the money, it was announced Friday.
Robert Burton said in a Jan. 19 five-page letter to athletic director Jeff Hathaway that his opinion was ignored as Paul Pasqualoni was hired. He also demanded the removal of his family's name from the football complex.
In a statement released by the school, Burton, 72, said he reconsidered after school officials reached out to him.
"I'm not going to let one experience change the relationship my family and I have with UConn," said Burton, whose family has donated about $7 million to the school. "We love the university. We're proud of our association with it."
Women's basketball: Seminoles pull away
TALLAHASSEE — Alexa Deluzio scored 15 of her 20 during the second half as No. 19 Florida State beat Georgia Tech 73-60. The Seminoles (20-5, 8-2 ACC) took control with an 11-4 run midway through the second half. Deluzio's 3-pointer capped it and made it 55-44 with 7:51 left.
No. 5 Duke 82, Wake 39: The visiting Blue Devils (22-2, 8-1 ACC) outscored the Demon Deacons 46-14 in the paint in beating them for the 34th consecutive time.
No. 25 Marist 56, Iona 45: The visiting Red Foxes (22-2, 13-0 MAAC) held the Gaels to 23.7 percent shooting, forced 16 turnovers and led by at least eight throughout the second half.
No. 2 Kansas: Backup forward Thomas Robinson, averaging 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, is out two weeks after surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee. And star point guard Josh Selby probably will miss his third straight game today with a stress reaction in his right ankle.
No. 16 Louisville: Power forward Rakeem Buckles, out since Dec. 27 with a broken left index finger, and center Gorgui Dieng, out since Jan. 26 with a concussion, are expected to return today.
Baseball: Cal dropped its program. In September, the school said it would drop baseball, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse. It reconsidered after former Cal and major-league pitcher Doug Nickle and "Save Cal Sports" raised about $15 million. So the school kept the lacrosse team and women's gymnastics but dropped baseball and men's gymnastics. Nickle said his group will continue to raise money with hopes of saving the two programs.