Football effect? Texas A&M raises record $740M

Football effect? Texas A&M raises record $740M

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COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs against the Texas A&M Aggies during the game at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:17 AM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Johnny Football isn't just helping Texas A&M University on the football field.

The resurgence of Aggies football helped Texas A&M raise a record $740 million in donations during the past year. The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday that the fundraising haul exceeds the university's previous high mark by nearly 70 percent.

It also dwarfed the more than $400 million raised by rival University of Texas during the same period.

Texas A&M Foundation president Ed Davis says the campus is enjoying more energy thanks in part to the Aggies' return as a college football power. Quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last year while leading Texas A&M to its best season in more than a decade.

Davis says a thriving Texas energy sector has also boosted donors' fortunes.
 

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