The crème de la crème of facilities is still reserved for athletes. Most students have a mild abhorrence for athletes due to pampering by the University, and feel like athletes are provided with their own large campus "country club." The University does spend a few of the leftover dollars on facilities for students, and most of the students that use them are satisfied with their accessibility and quality.
Most of the academic buildings are rather old, but many have been renovated and brought up to some pretense of modernity. A university of this size suffers a lot of wear and tear. Anything new does not stay new for long, and no matter how hard they try to maintain facilities, some get worn and dirty quickly. While we still do not enjoy marble floors and Italian leather chairs in campus facilities, there have been many improvements over the last several years. UT is eternally a "work in progress," but it is certain athletics will remain top priority.