State of Tiger Athletics Growing

Just how strong is the University of Memphis Athletic Department, when compared to other schools in NCAA Division One?

According to U of M Athletic Director R.C. Johnson, the Tigers are -quote- "about average" in terms of Budget among the 119 other schools that make up the NCAA's Top Division..

But, he's not satisfied with being in the middle..

Neither is Tiger Booster Cato Johnson who's helping get the word out to a diverse group of Business, politcal, and athletic leaders in Memphis today in a State of the Tigers address.

R.C. Johnson says:

"We have a budget of $31 million dollars. Plus, quietly raised about $12 to $14 million for a refurbished track, FedExhelped us with $3 Million for a new baseball facility. We opened a new women's Softball Complex last Spring. We made additions to Coach Calipari's offices. We've done improvements to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The list goes on and on. We get some help from the University on these projects, but most of the money is from private donations."

This is the 10th year of the "State of the Tigers" Address at the U of M.