Michigan's athletic department had all the whistles and bells in place Wednesday to honor Stephen Ross on his record $200 million gift to the school-- $100 million of which goes to athletics. The band and cheerleaders greeted Ross and so did other adoring Michigan students at Crisler Centre. Ross, who owns the NFL's Miami Dolphins, has now given Michigan $313 million over the years. Must be nice. Michigan wants to spend hundreds of millions on upgraded athletic facilities in the next ten years and as athletic director David Brandon said, Ross's gift makes a nice down payment.
Most schools don't have donors like Ross and that's why schools like Central Michigan have so little chance of competing evenly on the football field. Michigan will have top notch facilities for a variety of reasons and to have a donor of that wealth is unique to be sure.