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It couldn’t immediately be determined Tuesday how many football players that would affect and whether other scholarship money would be available.

Burton said his company will also start sending its managers to Syracuse University’s business school for training instead of UConn, and will no longer pay for its $50,000-per-year luxury suite at Rentschler Field.

“You already have many other empty boxes at Rentschler. My box will just join the list,” Burton wrote.

Burton was selected in the 19th round of the 1962 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He later signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills.

His son, Joe, played for Paul Pasqualoni at Syracuse from 1997 to 2001 and another son, Michael, played at UConn for former coach Randy Edsall in 1999.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he spoke Monday with Burton about his concerns, but hadn’t heard everything from both sides yet.

“Having said that, I think it’s important that universities run themselves and do so appropriately,” Malloy said. “Having done that, I think communications is always part of that, and I would hope that communications would be improved and perhaps relationships would be improved.”


Associated Press writer Susan Haigh in Hartford contributed to this report.