- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 1978 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has pledged to give $1 million to the school’s athletics department, marking the single largest donation in the program’s history.

Fred Sitzberger tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2ehMvLa ) that he hasn’t offered ideas on how the department should use the money, but says he’d like to see the men’s basketball program grow to become comparable with Marquette University’s.

Athletic director Amanda Braun fired basketball coach Rob Jeter earlier this year and hired University of Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan to replace him.

Sitzberger calls himself a casual sports fan and didn’t participate in athletics during his collegiate years.

The university has an operating deficit estimated up to $35 million.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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