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Alumni fallout from Carthel's firing

Amarillo, Texas - Controversy still surrounds the recent termination of West Texas A&M's football coach. Now the university could be losing out on alumni support.

The recent firing of WT's head football coach, Don Carthel, came as a surprise to many. Now, some say they'll no longer be supporting WT until changes are made.

"Well alumni support is critical," Neal Weaver, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Advancement said.

But since the termination of football coach Don Carthel, that support may take a hit for West Texas A&M. Some WT supporters say they don't agree with the actions that took place last week, so they'll be pulling their donations. Booster and former Buff football player, Ronnie Mankin is one of them.

"I'm not going to give them anymore money until changes are made," Mankin said.

He says he isn't alone. "Obviously my phone rings off the wall, and I'm glad it does because that shows that people support that university, care about that university, and we all realize, or everyone I've talked to realizes this is going to hurt. This is going to hurt the university over something really as petty as this," Mankin said.

But not everyone will be pulling their funding. Corporate sponsor Jimmy Fincher Body Shop says they'll be staying put.

"I started supporting WT to support the athletes, and that's the reason I started and I'm going to continue to do that whether I disagree or agree with what's going on," Jimmy Fincher, owner says.

But, Fincher has seen the effects of Carthel's firing.

"I sold tee boxes for the tournament, and now people are saying they're not going to donate next year just because they're mad about the situation," Fincher says.

University officials are confident still in their fundraising efforts and say they will prosper.

"We don't anticipate any reduction in our fundraising activities here at the university. We're $32 million into our $35 million comprehensive campaign. We anticipate that we will achieve those goals," Weaver says.

Those we spoke with expressed once new administration is in place, they will begin again to donate.

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