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.|