Houston Texans owner and South Carolina alum Bob McNair made a large donation to the school’s new football operations center, the school announced Tuesday.
McNair and his wife, Janice, are giving $5 million toward the construction of the new football operations center, putting South Carolina past the halfway mark for the $30 million fundraising goal for the facility.
“We are very appreciative of Janice and Bob McNair for their substantial gift towards the new football operations center,” Gamecocks athletics director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “Their many contributions to the University of South Carolina make our institution one of the best in the nation.”
The new football operations center will be built next to the South Carolina practice fields and indoor facility and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The 110,000-square-foot facility will provide the South Carolina program with a recruiting center, locker room, weight room, athletic training room, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and more in one location.
The McNairs have previously donated back to South Carolina with an $8 million gift and the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise was announced earlier this year. The family also funds the McNair Scholars Program to help send top out-of-state students to South Carolina.
“Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics,” Bob McNair said in a statement. “We are again honored to join with other Gamecock supporters in supporting the new football operations center at the University of South Carolina. We hope all fellow Gamecocks will join us in taking part in this extraordinary project.”
McNair earned a psychology degree from USC in 1958. He founded the Houston Texans in 1999.