UConn and Donor Robert Burton: A Solution to Their Problem

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIJanuary 27, 2011

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There is a way for UConn’s football program to resolve their differences with booster Robert Burton.

Robert Burton is mad at the way he was treated by UConn. He feels as if the school embarrassed him and his family, and now he wants the money he has donated to the athletic department back.

There is s solution to this problem, but we doubt Mr. Burton will want to sign up for this one, but if he is a man of honor at all, it is one he would go for.

UConn’s athletic department should give Mr. Burton every dime of his money back with only one condition. Here it is: Burton will give every cent of money back to any investor who believes he failed to deliver as the leader/owner of any company he has operated.

This seems fair enough. Burton thinks UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway did a poor job and that entitles him to get his money back… then Burton should step up and live by the same standard he believes appropriate for Hathaway.

Based on his letter to UConn, you should not hold your breath waiting for him to accept this solution.

In his ramblings that go on for several pages, a picture emerges of a man who is full of himself and his wealth. He is also very proud of his sons, their high school football careers and his own exploits.

Burton goes to great lengths to make mention that he is the number one donor to UConn athletics, that he has an incredible amount of wisdom and that he is good friends with Billy Graham. It seems that somewhere along the way Dr. Graham failed to teach Burton about concepts like humility, kindness, being gentle and charity.

One question does arise from Burton’s letter though. Was Cenveo (Burton is the CEO and Chairman of the Board for the company) money ever used to pay for the suite, tickets or game program ads he bought from UConn? If so, how did the shareholders in the company benefit from his generosity?

The best part of Burton’s letter is when he talks about how the university won’t have a chance to embarrass him again. No sir. We agree with Burton here. He has done a fine job of looking foolish without the assistance of anyone else.