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Football, Manziel credited for record Texas A&M fundraising windfall

Texas A&M Aggies Johnny Manziel carries the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide C.J. Mosley and Ed Stinson pursue in their NCAA SEC game in College Station Reuters

Texas A&M raised a school-record $740 million in the last fiscal year, beating its previous year’s total by $300 million and leading the school chancellor to credit the windfall in large part to the Aggies’ move from the Big 12 to the SEC, according to a report on Tuesday from the College Station Eagle.

The Eagle reported that the total dwarfs the previous state record of $453 million set by Texas during the same period.

“Everything about A&M is hitting exactly at the right time and people want to be part of a winning program and, right now, A&M is winning with faculty and students and winning in football,” Chancellor John Sharp said in an email to donors.

Texas A&M Foundation President Ed Davis also credited football in general and Johnny Manziel in particular for the huge numbers.

“People ask me all the time if you have a winning football team, do you raise more money,” Davis said. “In normal times, the statistical data wouldn’t support that, but in an era where we are in, effectively, in the news everywhere and you have a young man like our quarterback who has been a media magnet and you have the success you have, I do think that euphoria does spill over into success in fundraising. I’m hoping we can keep it up.”

At least part of the money will be used to finance a $450 million upgrade to Kyle Field.

If there’s any further question about how important football or an honor like the Heisman Trophy can be to a university bottom line, just look to Texas A&M as Exhibit A.

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22 Responses to “Football, Manziel credited for record Texas A&M fundraising windfall”
  1. mauldawg says: Sep 17, 2013 8:00 PM

    What was his cut? Bet his bank account got a big pay raise.

  2. kcrobert10 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:12 PM

    My guess Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma st are taking notes and thinking hard about a move to the sec as well. Only 2 more spots left and u don’t want to be left without one when the music ends.

  3. mrlaloosh says: Sep 17, 2013 8:26 PM

    And they’re worried Johnny got paid for some signatures?
    Child please!

  4. mikemiller007 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:43 PM

    That’s a whole helluva lot more than they would have had in the big12. Just think what they’ll rack up this year.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 17, 2013 9:10 PM

    Show me the money!!!! Well, TAMU is being shown the money and it sure looks good, very good! New TV contracts, new merchandising, new revenue sharing, new competition, new national platform, new respect, eclipsing Big Brother (at least for now and until and when they change coaches and coaching philosophy)….

    Welcome to the SEC.

  6. normtide says: Sep 17, 2013 9:28 PM

    They almost doubled UT? I guess A&M are the Jones’ now. Anyone still doubt the wisdom of joining the SEC?

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 17, 2013 11:03 PM

    kcrobert10 wrote on: Sep 17, 2013 8:12 PM

    My guess Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma st are taking notes and thinking hard about a move to the sec as well. Only 2 more spots left and u don’t want to be left without one when the music ends.

    Texas had it’s shot in 1986 to move to the SEC. The Texas Legislature put the kabosh on Texas going anywhere. The Oklahoma State legislature has enjoined both schools, OU and OSU, to move together to another conference. None of the Big 12 schools can do bumpkus because they were foolish to assign their TV rights to the conference. The only way the schools can move is for the Big 12 to dissolve and the TV rights revert back to each school.

    Texas doesn’t have the votes for admission to the SEC. Alabama, Auburn, both Mississippi schools, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, in addition to former SWC member, Arkansas, and former Big 12 members A&M, Missouri have come out AGAINST Texas being admitted. That means 10 out of the 14 schools don’t want
    Texas. The SEC already has what it wants out of Texas, a quality school in A&M,
    the Texas TV markets, and State of Texas recruits in all sports. Why add a headache
    like Texas to an already successful conference? Texas destroyed the old SWC and is well on their way to destroying the Big 12.

    SEC Presidents and Chancellors (along with the ACC, the B1G, and the PAC-12 presidents and chancellors) know all about Texas. Texas is all about Texas and could care less who it offends as long as Texas gets what they want. I was in the room at the Big 12 AD meetings when the University of Nebraska AD Tom Osborne
    asked Deloss Dodds directly if he would stop development of the Longhorn Network. Deloss Dodds said succinctly “No.” Deloss then explained that the University of Texas considered the LHN as an outside revenue stream developed specifically for TV content for University of Texas sports exclusive of Tier 1 revenues. The rest is history. Nebraska to the B1G and Colorado to the PAC-12, followed shortly by A&M and Missouri to the SEC. The B1G and the PAC-12 are also leery of Texas in their respective conferences. The ACC doesn’t want Texas, they already have ND. So Texas has the Big 12. a fifth place conference behind the B1G,SEC,PAC-12 and the ACC.

    OU and OSU do have the votes to be admitted to the SEC as a package deal.


  8. normtide says: Sep 17, 2013 11:11 PM

    Don’t forget. A&M and Missouri both joined the SEC fully vested. Both get equal money as the other 12 programs, both have a full vote on league matters. The SEC has no exit fee, no waiting period to leave. You enter as an equal member. There is no elephant in the room (aside from a school mascot). That’s why Texas would never fit in, the league won’t cater to a single program. It really is a family.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:22 PM

    How you like me now, DeLoss? Smooth move with the LHN and not scheduling the AGGIES again. Time to step down when you can’t compete with them for $$$$.

  10. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 17, 2013 11:51 PM


    Exactly. Nebraska was so adamant to get away from Texas that they were willing to forego millions of dollars in revenue in 2010 and 2011($9.25 million) in order to get away from Texas. The consensus being that it was money well worth giving away rather than deal with the likes of Deloss and the University of Texas.


  11. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 17, 2013 11:55 PM

    If you want to see just how far the Big 12 has fallen,
    Rice beat Kansas. Think about that. An Ivy league type school that beat a Big12 team.

    Rice is not a side dish

  12. v2the4 says: Sep 18, 2013 6:45 AM

    Rice beat Kansas in the 2012 season also…Kansas went from 12-1 and an Orange Bowl win over VaTech in jan 2008 to also ran status again…they have won 10 straight big 12 titles in basketball however.

    as for the generosity of the aggie fans, you have to wonder where they were when the athletic department was nearly $30M in debt and had to borrow money from the university general funds to pay their bills?

    I can understand however, you have to ride the wagon when its rolling and right now, A&M is living high off the hog. a perennial 7 win team during its Big 12 history from 1996-2011, Aggie surprised the college football world by winning 11 games in their first year in the SEC in 2012.

    Aggie last had a double digit win season in 1998, when they won 11 games, including the shocking 36-33 OT upset win over #2 Kansas St in the ’98 big 12 title game, knocking K-State out of the national championship game. That put Aggie in their one and only BCS bowl game, the sugar bowl vs Ohio State, where they lost 28-10

    UT had their one chance to get into the SEC in 1986, but in a twist of faith, the then SEC schools REJECTED A&M and the Texas legislature told the SEC that UT and A&M were a package deal, all or none or they would cut UT’s funding from the permanent university fund, if they went solo..UT stayed in the SWC, then the Big 12 and we all know the rest of the story.

    so congrats to aggie nation…I dont know if your ascent into the SEC hierarchy is a result of you being that good with the hiring of Kevin Sumlin and his offense that allowed Johnny Manziel to win the Heisman as a freshman, or if it was the downfall of the rest of the league as Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, and former big 12 member missouri all had losing records, in the case of Auburn, they were two years removed from their national title in 2011.

  13. kingcrusher says: Sep 18, 2013 7:49 AM

    I have no problem with paying our college athletes. Simply put, they are employees of the school and make the schools TONS of money.

    Now, on the flip side, I would like to see the athletes actually do their own homework, take their own tests, and be held accountable for their eligibility. Simple as that.

    I have known athletes ranging from high name schools to the lower junior colleges who were given special “tutors” that basically took the classes and tests for the player. A few of these went on and are doing very well at the professional level.

    Let’s pay the college players. But lets hold them to the same standards that we hold every other student to. It is an institution for learning after all. Make their test scores public and make them take their own tests and turn in their own work. Athletics should never be a replacement for an education, period.

    So let’s give the athletes a living allowance, heck even a car. Let’s allow them to receive a little of what they make the school (school ARE businesses after all). Let’s just hold the athletes to the same standards as every other student who struggles and aches over that mid-term coming up.

  14. jayhawk6 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:16 AM

    How much, if any, of this mind blowing sum will go to academic scholarships or grants, for the vast majority of college students who are not part of an athleetic team?

  15. ancientcougar says: Sep 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    No wonder they only kept “Johnny Football” out for a half a game. The dinero for the autographs was considered a “tip”.

  16. drummerhoff says: Sep 18, 2013 11:56 AM

    Good for A&M. Lets see how long this fund raising windfall lasts. College Station has had remarkably successful the last 12 months. A new head coach in Kevin Sumlin, an winning QB and the move to the SEC. Any one of those three factors will improve fund raising …. All three kicking in at once can produce amazing results.

    And if you want to know what happens when there is no improvement or a change in conference membership is greeted with a yawn, just look at Mizzou’s fund raising.

  17. v2the4 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:09 PM

    the Olberman show talked about this issue on his tuesday episode with Armen Ketyian. google it

  18. stealthscorpio says: Sep 18, 2013 11:19 PM

    Pay the Man-zeil

    10% commission is reasonable…its a numbers game Johnny.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 10:49 AM

    So previous estimates of Johnny Footballs worth of $35MM to the program are WAY off.

    $300MM is insane! This is the type of money that should serioulsy turn some heads of even the most conservative NCAA supporters.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 11:14 AM

    v2the4 says:
    Sep 18, 2013 6:45 AM

    Explain your longhorns gradual fall from grace….

    The horns have been a perrenial 7 win team the last 3 years and look to be in the hunt for the Texas bowl this year.

    A&M made the move that it felt best for its program over the long haul. The Big 12 is shell of its former self, in large part thanks to UT and the LHN. The SEC move now levels the playing field for recruiting, because lets be honest… UT had an institutional advantage when they were both in the same conference. I may be a die hard Aggie but I’m not naive. UT was THE program in Texas. Hell, OU and LSU had a better hold over Texas recruits than A&M.

    But things couldn’t have gone better for the Aggies in year 1. Recruiting has already gotten better. Right away we’ve seen the dividends with A&M winning big recruiting battles for RSJ and Hoza Scott. A&M in the SEC is changing the power dynamic in Texas. You can choose to be naive and ignore it to your peril, or acknowledge it and adjust. Texas gained $300MM over 20 years for the LHN… Manziel and the SEC gained $300MM in 1 year for A&M….(obviously those number aren’t sustainable, but we’ve wiped out that gap in just 1 year)

  21. normtide says: Sep 24, 2013 11:28 AM

    My only disagreement is, I think Sumlin is more of the reason for A&M’s success. Johnny is amazing, but that offense and system allows him to be amazing. If the aggies are to sustain this success, it will be because of Sumlin.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 12:16 PM

    Agreed… To be honest, I think the SEC is the biggest factor. Sumlin and that offense in the Big 12 are just another high powered team and probably not even leading the conference in offense looking at Baylor. The SEC has more to do with it than anything.

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