Eyeing the Metroplex competition — SMU announces record donation levels

Part of the point of a blog is to foster a little discussion among the people who follow the program it is dedicated to covering.

With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to point out that SMU announced today it has set a series of records for gifts given in the 2013 fiscal year:

“Including capital and other gifts, over $23 million was given to SMU Athletics in fiscal year 2013, continuing a steady growth that has seen total giving jump 268% over the last five years from $8.6 million to $23 million. … Contributions to the Mustang Club reached $3 million, a 15% increase over last year’s then-record $2.6 million, and a 100% increase (from $1.5 million to $3 million) since 2008. Mustang Club giving helped SMU achieve a record total of $8.3 million in annual gifts to Athletics – an increase of 171% over the past seven years.”

Now, this is not to say that UNT isn’t doing a fine job in fundraising. Ernie Kuehne headed up a committee that raised $3 million in 30 days for a basketball practice facility. Apogee Stadium is a great venue, especially for the $79 million price tag, if you include the $1 million UNT kicked in to help build the I-35 pedestrian bridge. And let’s be honest, UNT wouldn’t have needed that bridge if it was not for the stadium.

UNT has built facility after facility over the last several years in the Mean Green Village, which is a terrific athletics campus.

It’s worth noting what UNT’s competition is doing from time to time, especially considering SMU is a school Mean Green fans loathe.

Tonight seemed like one of those times.

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