Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Rich Get Richer: Oregon's New Football Performance Center

Oregon's opulent new Football Performance Center combines the lavishness of a Tudor castle with the clandestine technological sophistication of the Pentagon.  The $68 million, 145,000 square foot building is regarded as the most extravagant and impressive facility in college or professional football.  I don't know what to think.  It's certainly impressive and will no doubt attract recruits, but it sets a new standard of gaudiness for football programs everywhere.  On the other hand, given that the University makes millions off these unpaid athletes, why shouldn't they get a taste of the revenues they bring in?

Watch here as Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota gives a tour to ESPN college football analyst (and former Washington Husky QB) Brock Huard.

Yes, yes.  Very nice.
The lobby has 64 55-inch televisions.  Really? 
Not bad for a first year head coach.
The war room is surrounded with six 80-inch monitors and writable/erasable magnetic walls.
The locker room.
The weight room.
Hydrotherapy pool for coaches.
And of course, a barber shop.

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