Oregon Football and the 10 Colleges with the Best Facilities
In college football, recruits go hundreds of miles for the pageantry, for the fans, for the tradition, and recently schools have started to truly use their facilities to grab the attention of recruits nation wide.
Some of these facilities include indoor practice fields, state-of-the-art treatment facilities, gaming systems, flat-screen televisions and much, much more.
When it comes to athletic facilities, Oregon has led the way with some of the luxuries it has afforded its players. In addition to Oregon, here is a look at 10 of the best football facilities in the nation.
Oklahoma State: Sherman E. Smith Training Center
Oklahoma State and the Sherman E. Smith Training Center is one of the exceptions on the list because it is not currently been completed.
The belief by many is that when this project is complete, the facility will set the standard for not only collegiate sports, but also for professional leagues.
Currently, the complex is well above $40 million and the number continues to grow. One thing is for sure: When this facility is complete, it will be the envy of the nation.
Nebraska: The Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex
Despite morning conferences last year, Nebraska did not fall behind when it came to competing in the Big Ten in terms of its football facilities.
The Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex is an outstanding facility that, along with the normal immunities, has one of the most amazing weight rooms in the nation. To make things even better, former Husker Ndamukong Suh generously donated money towards a renovation of the weight room that will take this portion of the facility to a new level.
North Carolina State: Wolfpack's Murphy Center
At North Carolina State, the Wolfpack Murphy Center is a thing of beauty. While the program may not be one of the nation's elite, the facilities that houses its players certainly are.
The Murphy Center is a four-story facility that includes a floor for the team locker room, a floor for strength and conditioning, a floor that is a dedicated lounge and lobby and finally a final floor that is overlooking the overall campus.
To make things even easier, the program has set up an online tour that recruits and fans can take to get even more excited about that facility.
Michigan: Bo Schembechler Hall
As you can see from the video, Michigan already has an incredible facility that any recruit would love to see in his/her visit.
On top of an already robust facility, Michigan has recently approved a renovation to the facility that will pump $9 million more into Bo Schembechler Hall. The additions will be geared towards the football program and will also include a football museum that will house all of the program's accomplishments.
Texas A&M: The Bright Football Complex
Despite moving to the SEC, Texas A&M will not be overshadowed by any other team when it comes to the quality of the facilities.
The Bright House Complex is an absolute gem in college football and includes the following: locker room, training room, meeting rooms, rehab center, coaches offices and players' lounge.
Most impressive is the 10,000-square-foot equipment room. This room houses more than 2,000 pairs of shoes and any piece of equipment a football player could dream of.
LSU's Athletic Center
Another SEC power to make the list is LSU. LSU has one of the finest facilities in the nation and it is in line with its on-the-field performance and school history.
Inside the LSU Athletic Center is pool rehab center, a treatment area that includes 17 training tables, an individual taping area for players before practices and games and a rehab and fitness center—and that is only the first level of the facility.
On the second level, LSU has an X-ray room, eye examination room, EKG center, dental examination room, conference room, storage room and finally a players' lounge.
With a facility like this to go with all of the other benefits of LSU, how could a player turn down this school?
Ohio State: Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Ohio State certainly did not skimp on redoing the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as it pumped over $20 million into the facility.
Much like other programs on this list, Ohio State's facilities house indoor practice fields, an outdoor football field, televisions, video games, players' lounge and a hall that displays all of the school's accomplishments and awards.
Texas Football Facilities
Not to be outdone by either Texas A&M or Oklahoma State, Texas certainly does everything big and it did not spare any expense when it comes to the football facilities of the Longhorns.
The facilities are both a tribute to the past as well as a motivator to the future. The facilities truly show off the rich tradition of the program but also afford luxuries to the current players.
Along with a monstrous locker room, the Longhorn players are treated to an outstanding players' lounge, televisions galore, training and medical amenities and anything a player could want.
With the addition of the Longhorn Network, it is only a matter of time before the players start to see even more inside the football facilities.
Alabama: Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility
When you are the home to one of the best programs in the nation, you better believe that the facilities will be on par with the on-field performance.
At Alabama, the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility is an outstanding center for the football program and is truly on par with the expectations that a coach like Nick Saban would have.
The Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility has all of the things that you would expect, including pools for training, televisions, gaming consoles, an amazing weight room and also a luxurious players' lounge.
If the national titles or Nick Saban are not enough to sell a recruit on Alabama, the facilities certainly are.
Oregon: Len Casanova Center
The Taj Mahal of football facilities belongs to the Oregon Ducks. Founder of Nike and Oregon alum Phil Knight has generously given to the school's academic and athletic funds. Specifically, Knight has continued to funnel money into the football program and this locker room truly shows that off.
Inside of the Ducks' facility, they have underwater treadmills, fully stocked protein and juice bar, a multilevel locker room that includes flat-screen televisions and gaming consoles and individual lockers that have run in excess of $25,000 each.
Along with the unbelievable facility, Knight has put the Ducks on the leading edge for uniform technology and all of the press and exposure that the Ducks have received have not gone unnoticed by the nation's recruits.