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Investment Manager Demands UConn Refund His $3 Million Donation After Athletic Director Fails To Defer To Him On Hiring Decisions

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Robert G. Burton is the chairman and CEO of Greenwich-based Burton Capital Management. Over the years he's donated more than $7 million to the school's football program, including a $2.5 million gift for the Burton Family Football Complex. Now Burton wants that money back and his name taken off the building. He's extremely miffed and in a letter to athletic director Jeff Hathaway-- the object of Burton's ire-- he outlined why.

1. Burton blames Hathaway- who he says is "not qualified to be a Division I AD"-- for the departure of former coach Randy Edsall, who took a gig with Maryland after leading the UConn to its first-ever BCS bowl. "Randy took another job because he couldn't work with you," Burton fumes. Personally, he writes, "I would have fired you a long time ago."

2. Burton wanted to be "kept in the loop" on the process of finding Edsall's replacement, because he could "provide insight about potential candidates." He was not kept in the loop and the school went ahead and hired former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni without even asking Burton first.

3. If they had Burton would've told them not to hire the guy. Not that this has anything to do with anything but...

Burton's son Joe played for Pasqualoni at Syracuse from 1997 through 2001. There was a conflict between Bob Burton and Pasqualoni when his son played there, a source briefed on their relationship told Schad.

Burton "wasn't asking for veto power," he just wanted to feel like his voice was being heard. Since it wasn't, he feels the message being sent is that he's not be "respected" or having his opinion "valued." Give his money and his name back now and nobody gets hurt. He's found a more appreciation from the University of Bridgeport's women's volleyball team, who will now be the lucky recipients of his largesse.

Major Connecticut Donor Wants $3 Million Gift Back [ESPN]