- Aug 26, 2011
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Well, I didn't pull it out of my , so...
I actually think you may have. At least you may have misinterpretted his comments. What I read was that he didn't think it was the responsibility the players to contribute. At no point and time did he say he wouldn't accept them. Id be interested in seeing that quote.Well, I didn't pull it out of my , so...
Calhoun said he will not personally ask the players to contribute. He said this in a recent article and it was talked about on the boards. To my knowledge he never said he will not accept money. He will not call them, but if they call him it could be a different story.
Of course, raising money for a facility may be difficult in a tough economic climate. Allen leads a list of former Huskies in the NBA earning millions, but he doesn't believe the program's alumni should be targeted for money.
"I believe there's other ways," Allen said. "Financially, the burden doesn't have to come on the players that are in the NBA. If you look at the football program, I don't know how many guys gave back to the football program and they were able to build the [practice] facilities. You look at it from the women's side, [professional players] don't make a great deal of money, but they still deserve [a facility] and they bring prestige to the university. All those things are worth their weight in dollars. We can find a way to get people to donate to the school so we can build it."
in that case, whom does he think would call them? A university president whom they have never met? Fund-raising at that level is all about relationships. The largest contributors to the Melo Center were all former players and/or friends of Jim Boeheim. There was not a single big contributor who is not a friend of JB's. That is how the big gifts are raised by non-profits. It is all about who makes the ask ..... and what the relationship is between the asker and the askee. (I am on several non-profit boards and formerly headed a large foundation, so I speak from some experience in the field).
According to basketball-reference.com:UConn recently hired someone who's specialty is fundraising. The link is below. Other than that I'm not sure. Calhoun is pretty stubborn about things like this. Maybe with the two highest paid players in UConn history back on campus a lot this fall it will inspire them to contribute back to the school. Ray Allen has made the most and with Rudy Gay recently signing a 5 year $82 million contract he is number 2 I believe.
Now that would be cool! The Bradley Sacrifice FacilityIf all else fails, maybe Drummond will donate money. 10 years from now he may have made more than any of them. If he pans out, his endorsements + salary should be $200 million or more by the time he's 30. Maybe he can name it after Mike Bradley as pay back
True that he made less NBA money, but he probably had much higher endorsements than any UConn player ever. He was worth a lot more even in his first few years.
Not to be a cynic or anything, but Carmelo also had a reputation to repair, where to my knowledge, Ray does not. Didn't all of Carmelo's benevolence come after that idiotic "snitch" fiasco?
Agree Joyce. End of the day Camelo made the choice to give back to Syracuse. Whether or not anyone else decides to give back to their universities is their choice.Carmelo's gift, pure and simple, was to show his appreciation for what Syracuse and Jim Boeheim had meant to him. (I don't want to get into an endless back-and-forth here. I am somewhat of an insider at Syracuse basketball -- and a friend of Carmelo's -- so you will have to trust me as to his motivation).