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Dolphins' Ross Defends $200M Alma Mater Donation After Seeking Stadium Funding
Published September 5, 2013
BIGGER & BLUER: UM AD Dave Brandon said that he "began speaking to Ross two years ago about his vision for the athletics campus, including 16 projects, with three currently ongoing." He added of the project's estimated price tag of $350M, "We've spent this money and more." Brandon said that the renovation of Schembechler Hall, which contains the football offices, and training and weight rooms, will be "completed by next spring." In Detroit, Angelique Chengelis notes a softball building "currently is under construction and improvements to the field hockey stadium are next." Brandon would "like to have all of the facilities done within the next 10 years." Among the remaining improvements are "to the golf clubhouse, lacrosse and aquatics facilities, and a competition arena for gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/5). Also in Detroit, Laura Berman writes, "For all the fabulousness these gifts portend, they are also exclusive, directed solely toward future moguls and managers, football players and star athletes." The $100M athletic donation "will benefit a few hundred athletes on a campus of more than 42,000 students." Berman: "No future doctors, engineers, biologists, teachers or social workers will likely be touched by Ross’ beneficence" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/5).