A day after the University of Tennessee’s biggest soccer win in decades, the school was being roasted online asking fans to crowdfund replacements for two goalposts that were broken in post-game celebrations.
On Saturday, the unbeaten Volunteers beat Alabama 52-49 to score the last-second field goal. It broke a 15-game losing streak for Alabama, and propelled Tennessee to No. 3 in an Associated Press poll, its highest ranking since 2005. After the game, fans swarmed the field, and the goalpost was toppled (a dangerous act in itself) And kicked out of the stadium,
But on Sunday, Tennessee Football’s official Twitter account asked fans to pay for replacement goalposts.
In a crowdfunding pitch, Tennessee asked for donations ranging from $16 to $1,019.15 to “help pay the tab.” As of Monday afternoon, the effort had raised more than $146,000—nearly 97% of its fundraising goal of $153,000.
Some see that as a huge ask from a football program that generates more and more $91 million annuallyAccording to data from CollegeFactual.
The university’s athletics program has an operating budget of $170 million this fiscal year, According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, and plans to increase it to $200 million per year by 2026-’27. In addition, the university is seeking to double the size of its unrestricted annual fund – that is, donations that are not earmarked – from an average of $22.7 million to $40 million by 2026-’27. The scheme seeks to increase revenue through increased donations, ticket prices and corporate sponsorship.
So the crowdfunding effort of a public university with a largely funded athletic department went the wrong way for many.
“You don’t have insurance?” One person replied on Twitter.
Others saw similarly the university’s campaign for charity.
Another noted school president, Randy Boyd, was caught on video on Saturday dismissing the cost of the new goalpost, saying, “It doesn’t matter, we’ll do it every year!”
There was also a question as to where the money would go – while the crowdfunding effort is seeking $153,000, a quick search online found the cost of the goalpost. about $15,000 each.
The university is also facing a $100,000 fine by the Southeastern Conference for allowing fans on the field. Proceeds from that fine will go to the SEC’s Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund, According to ESPN,
An email to the University of Tennessee Athletic Department seeking confirmation that the goalposts will be paid for through crowdfunding, as well as a breakdown of how much the goalposts cost and where any additional funds will go, are not returned. it was done.
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