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UConn President, Trustees React to Burton Letter

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(Credit: University of Connecticut)

(Credit: University of Connecticut)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ University of Connecticut officials have no plans to cut ties with a donor who has demanded the return of $3 million because he felt he was not adequately consulted in the hiring of a new football coach.

Interim President Philip Austin and Board of Trustees Chairman Lawrence McHugh told the Hartford Courant that they had phone conversations with the donor, Robert Burton, on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters before a board meeting on Wednesday, McHugh said he hopes the school’s relationship with Burton isn’t destroyed over one issue.

Austin said he was comfortable with the way Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway handled the hiring of football coach Paul Pasqualoni, a process that led Burton to demand that his family’s name be removed from the school’s football complex.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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