Georgia Football: Why the Bulldogs Need an Indoor Facility

Brian JonesContributor IMarch 26, 2013

November 17, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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We all know football is an outdoor sport, and no matter how many games are played inside a dome or a retractable roof stadium, that will never change.

However, many college football teams, specifically the teams in the SEC, have state-of-the-art indoor practice facility just in case the weather conditions are so bad to the point they can’t practice outdoors.

One SEC team that does not have an indoor facility that could and should have one is the Georgia Bulldogs.

This has gotten some attention this past week because quarterback Aaron Murray went on Twitter and said the Bulldogs need an indoor facility after watching his former teammates take part in the pro day, which featured temperatures in the upper 30s.

The Bulldogs also had to practice in rain, sleet and snow this spring, and they had to cancel their first scrimmage this past Saturday because of the weather.

When Murray made the comments about getting an indoor facility, head coach Mark Richt said that football is an outdoor sport and he doesn’t want his players to get too soft.

Now Richt was saying that jokingly, but at the same time he is not in a rush to get an indoor facility.

When Richt was hired as the Bulldogs head coach in 2001, there was a plan in place to build an indoor complex. But Richt wanted the money spent on other things and he did not want the facility a mile or two away from their four practice fields.

As much Richt is right about his feelings on the indoor facility, the Bulldogs do need one in the very near future.

When Murray sent his tweet about getting an indoor practice facility, it wasn’t for his benefit. He was looking out for the future players that will come to Athens.

The indoor facility would not be used as a recruiting tool for players that are considering Georgia, but it can’t hurt the recruiting process, especially when teams like Alabama and Auburn have one.

And while the weather in Georgia is fair during this time, there are times where the weather can get a little out of the ordinary. And if the Bulldogs had the indoor facility today, they would not have to postpone the scrimmage.

And if the Bulldogs build an indoor complex, that could mean a better weight room and better amenities for the players.

The Bulldogs finished a $40 million expansion for Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall three years ago where the players have a locker room that features televisions, massage centers and video game stations. But the football field in the complex is only 30 yards long, which gives the players a chance to just warm up.

The reality is the Bulldogs have one the better practice complexes in the South. With four practice fields and the weather mild around this time of year, the Bulldogs don’t have to worry about cancelling practices on a consistent basis.

But there will be a time where the Bulldogs need an upgrade order to keep up with the rest of the SEC. A full indoor complex should not only be on top of the Bulldogs' wish list, it should be the next thing they should seriously consider.