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There is no shortage of wealth among the alumni. $3B has already been

pledged for bicentennial capital campaign.

Many felt from the outset that while Carla’s Master Plan was a necessary and much needed project, for UVA to remain competitive in football and other key Olympic sports, it was also overly ambitious.

Raising money for a stand alone football operations building on its own was always going to be a tough climb. So tying it into an expansion that benefitted the majority of athletics was a smart move. But an $180M price tag, even for a deep pocket school like UVA is a very heavy lift.

Especially when this large fundraising effort for athletics is running parallel to the school’s $5B endowment cash call. And with the two leads — Jim Ryan and Carla — are still newbies to the overwhelming majority of alums. John Casteen, arguably, the most prolific fundraiser in school history, had been president for over a decade before initiating in both a $3B capital campaign and JPJ, whose price tag grew to $170M.

Unless several large anchor donors emerge, I’m of the impression the Master Plan will still eventually be completed, but as a much scaled back model.

What impact will that have on Carla’s future at UVA is anyone’s guess? She was hired to, as former Rector Rusty Conner put it best, to “fix football.” If Carla left tomorrow, the sport is in a better place today than when she was hired. But with or without Carla, unless the alumni can commit to football at a comparable level as witnessed for basketball, the progress made over the past several years is unsustainable.

[Post edited by Mikeysurf at 02/26/2020 1:29PM]

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Posted: 02/26/2020 at 1:23PM


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