University AD Defends Budget Request

Laramie, WY – Over the weekend, a legislative committee cut $5 Million from the University of Wyoming's request for athletic facilities. UW officials will try to get the funding restored. And Athletic Director Gary Barta says he wants not only that money, but also money for increasing the department's overall budget. He thinks UW's lack of funding in the last few years has led to poor performances by teams. Meanwhile, Barta is responding to a State Legislator's claim the UW athletic plan focuses too much on football. He says they have little choice but to invest in football and says the sport brings in a lot of revenue and exposure for the school. Jackson legislator Pete Jorgenson says he supports increases to the athletic budget, but not for football. He thinks that would be a waste of resources.