The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has received yet another major gift toward its planned football facility. The confidential donor has made an $8 million gift for the new football facility in the south end zone at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field.
This gift comes on the heels of two other recent gift announcements which rejuvenated the push for new football facilities. The $8 million gift, coupled with a previously announced $10 million gift, means that in the past two months, Mizzou Athletics has received two of its top-five largest donations in program history.
Missouri has raised $67 million for the project, the school said Wednesday. Athletics director Jim Sterk has put an approximate price tag of $75 million on the project.
"We are so grateful for such a transformational gift," Sterk said. "We’re very excited to continue this process and keep momentum going. Our next steps include meeting with architects to determine all of the details of the project and then our goal will be to present our final plan with the funding model to our Board of Curators for their approval in February."
The money train keeps a-rolling.
Since beginning in Columbia a month and a half ago, Jim Sterk has solidified two of Missouri's biggest athletics gifts ever, has reignited the facilities project the football program seems to want the most, and has otherwise stayed mostly behind the scenes. After the year that unfolded before he left, that's a pretty much perfect way to go about your job.
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As a high-school senior, Crockett registered the second-highest SPARQ rating nationally. SPARQ measures speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness.
"He was a bigger back with great feet that had good long-distance speed," said MU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who was Crockett’s main recruiter. "He was just so much different than some of the other guys on our roster. His tape was special."
Coming soon: MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2010-11 oral history
PowerMizzou is dropping a large oral history piece about this early Thursday morning. Here's a tease: