Legislator Criticizes U-W Athletic Funding

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming legislature will be asked to fund a match for a number of University of Wyoming athletic facilities and provide more for day-to-day operations. But a representative is concerned that U-W is spending too much on football. Jackson Representative Pete Jorgenson doubts U-W can be competitive in football, so spending millions to upgrade that budget could be a waste. He says people need to be realistic about Wyoming's football expectations. Jorgenson questions how much money is it worth spending to achieve unreasonable expectations. U-W President Phil Dubois counters that if football is successful, it makes money for the rest of the athletic department. He also argued the majority of his request is for salaries and academic issues.