Jim Livengood Was Good for Arizona Athletics

Posted by Tom Phillips on December-7-2009 Add Comments

Like him or not, Jim Livengood was a good thing for the Arizona Wildcats.

As rumors swirl of his pending departure to UNLV, the Arizona athletic director did what any good business man does—made the Wildcats profitable.

Unlike their rivals to north, the Arizona athletics program has not had to take money from the state in order to keep operating and not go into debt.

Livengood was an excellent fundraiser. He was able to get alumni to give money back to the program, in order to make the Arizona Wildcats an elite athletics program.

When most schools were looking to cut programs in order to save money, the Wildcats were spending it. In a recession, they were able to pay one of the top young coaches in the count...

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