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

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:07:47 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 16 2013 11:12:38 AM CDT

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