UK Athletic Program Funding New Science Building

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 1/10/2013 11:44 pm

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department will help fund two-thirds of a new academic science building on campus.

UK President Eli Capilouto said this is a first for the university and maybe even the commonwealth.

“We're taking one important step closer to doing something few, if any, athletics programs would even contemplate,” said Capilouto.

Capilouto said the athletic department has always been supportive of the university, but this is the first time they will be contributing to building an academic building.

“We’ve always been supportive of the academic program that is not new,” Mitch Barnhart, UK Athletic Director, said. “I think people have got to remember that... that this not new to us. And we want to continue to be supportive, and this is another way for us to do that.”

The Athletic Department will contribute $65 million toward the $100 million project.

The university states that most of that funding comes from UK Football games, which makes more than any other sport at UK. Administration said the football program makes twice as much as the basketball program.

It’s also rare for an athletic program even make enough money to contribute to academics. According to the NCAA, only 12 percent of college athletic programs are profitable.

Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
UPDATE: Name Of Victim In Fatal Lexington Crash Released
The name of the woman killed in a Lexington crash early Saturday morning has been released.
Progress Report: Hemp Is Looking Good
Hemp is now back in the hands of just a few farmers, taking part in a hemp pilot program. A Rockcastle County farmer has dedicated his summer to growing the crop. Video Video
Motorcyclists Injured While Parked On Side Of I-75
A group of riders parked on I-75 under an overpass were hit by a van after it hydroplaned into them Saturday night. Video Video
One Dead, One Seriously Injured In Overnight Crash
The driver of a car was seriously injured and his passenger was killed in an accident early Saturday morning.
UPDATE: Man Hit And Killed By Train Identified
A man hit and killed in Lexington by a train Friday morning has been identified.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.