If I had millions of dollars to donate, I wouldn't donate them to the football program at the university I attended, or any of the schools near where I live. But people are entitled to whatever cause moves them. It's their money.
Robert Burton, a fan of Connecticut, says he's donated $7 million to the Huskies. But when Connecticut hired a football coach, it did not consult with him. Burton was offended, and he asked the school to return $3 million in donations and remove his family's name from the football complex. He had given $2.5 million to help build the complex.
Schools have an obligation to treat their fans well. Ask North Carolina's Roy Williams. But schools are not obligated to seek the input of fans, not even millionare fans, when making hires.
If the Carolina Panthers had asked fans to help them hire a coach, the fans would have selected a celebrity such as Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh.
Burton has a football background. He played college football at Murray State and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Two of his sons played college football.
Connecticut could justify keeping him appraised of the coaching search. But to let him play an active role would be foolish.
Big-buck boosters need to know their role. Get great seats. Get a luxury box. Get access.
And get out of the way.