The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: North Carolina Recruiting, Finance Discussion, and More

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1) With all of our similarities, why haven’t we achieved the success that FSU has? Is it simply location? Money? Other? – VTScanlo

Chris Coleman: First, I’ll talk about money.  Everybody wants to talk about the number of Hokie Club members, but truth be told Virginia Tech lacks those one or two big donors that most big programs have. 

Virginia Tech’s biggest athletic donors are William H. and Alice T. Goodwin, according to the Hokie Club website.  Using the priority points calculator, I can tell that they’ve donated just over $5 million to the athletic department over the years.  That’s great.  I’m very thankful for them, and so is Virginia Tech.  But $5 million is nothing compared to some of these other donors at other schools…

Florida State, Al Dunlap: $20+ million in contributions
Paul Bryant Jr., Alabama: $20+ million in contributions
Phil Knight, Oregon: $300+ million in contributions
Christy Gaylord Everest, Oklahoma: $18+ million in contributions
Drayton McClane Jr., Baylor:  $200 million to fund a new stadium
Herb Kohl, Wisconsin: $25 million to fund a new basketball arena
Jack Vanier, Kansas State: $20 million toward stadium improvements