Best BCS Facilities In College Football by Conference: With Honorable Mentions
There's old saying that it takes money to make money. If you translate that into college football terms, it takes money to have top teams that pull in big money.
Though a big name coach can bring in recruits with his own star power, it takes great facilities to impress recruits when there are different schools in the picture. In player interviews, top flight facilities often are a top reason for picking a school.
Let's face it, we all want our creature comforts and state of the art facilities. This article is not about stadiums, but the facilities the athletes use daily in training and just hanging out in.
Though the actual order of order of these top facilities is a matter of subjective reasoning, school pride, or personal tastes, here is a list of the top facilities, but ranking is done by best of each BCS conference and clearly the results are in the eye of the beholder.
Take a look for yourself and then rank the facilities as you saw them in the comment section and if you think I missed one of the top ones, let me know that too.
The University Of Oregon
Nobody has more modern and eye catching facilities than Oregon. At least this is one that's not open for debate. To think otherwise simply means you don't know what you're talking about.
They are nicer for a BIG reason. They simply outspent the competition, sometimes by over ten to one. This is extravagance done over the top. With the money that Nike CEO and Founder Phil Knight has poured into it, it should be.
How extravagant you may ask? Try 2.6 million dollars on just 100 lockers for the players. That's $26,000 each. Some colleges don't even have a 2.6 million dollar facility in total.
The lounging areas are so nice, turning pro means saying goodbye to the nicest facilities you'll ever have. There's not much to look forward too after lounging in this athlete's heaven for a few years.
See for yourself on this YouTube video from 2007. They're even nicer now..
Alabama Crimson Tide's Mal Moore Athletic Facility
I've toured every inch of this state of the art facility and it incorporates a players needs and his whims into one nice package. With facilities like this, you don't have to keep an eye on the players and wonder where they are and what they're doing, because they're usually here.
It is one of the nicest facilities in all of football.
With big screens to watch together, lots of video games, hot and cold pools to relax in the players don't mind spending extra time here at all.
The weight room is outrageously nice with Nick Saban's office overlooking the whole room from above.
There's a reason like Saban likes to get commitments on campus for recruiting, between his star power and these facilities, there's little not to like.
Click on the link and then click on the photo gallery to see for yourself.
Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Facility
Ohio State recently spent over 21 million to reshape their athletic facilities and it was money well spent. The Woody Hayes Athletic Center certainly does more than just fill the need for a workout facility.
Walking in the door you are reminded of the steep tradition with the stories and memorabilia that lines the walls.
Inside, there's flat screen TVs everywhere and a video game center to relax in as well as a racquetball and basketball court.
Like Alabama, they have four outdoor practice fields and one indoor field. Only Michigan comes close to having something this great in the Big Ten.
Take a look here at: http://www.coachtressel.com/facilities/index.php
University of Texas Athletic Facilities
Texas does everything big, at least in Austin, and the Texas boosters have ponied up big to have the finest facilities in the Big Twelve or whatever they'll end up calling it.
Flush with cash from the new Texas Network, these great facilities and a grand tradition, there is little wonder why they are Cinderella in this conference and everyone else winds up playing a dwarf when it comes to getting what they want when it comes to recruiting and more.
Super facilities for working out and for relaxing, rooms to show off past glories to fans and recruits make this a great public relations tool and Mack Brown certainly uses it as such.
Take a look at this tour that CBS Sports did of the facility and see for yourself.
North Carolina State Wolpack's Murphy Center
The ACC has a lot of good facilities and it was hard to pick one without doing a ton of research, but North Carolina State rose to the top and for good reason.
It is next to the stadium which gives the stadium a real "Our House" kind of feel. They overlook the field every day.
The athletic complex is a three story affair with lots of room for workouts as well as relaxing. The pool and ping pong tables and other amenities wind down the players after a grueling session of workouts.
They really have a wonderful complex here and you can see it for yourself at:
Just click on the wolfpack logos on the map to see that section of the facility.
University of South Florida Athletic Center, There's No Bull About It
The University of South Florida is one of the larger campuses in the South by student enrollment. It is in the heart of the hotbed of college recruiting and the climate, beaches and Tampa make it a natural for attracting not only students, but good athletes.
Now the Bulls have the facilities to help them bring in even better ones.
The facility is over 100,000 square feet and with the bulls beginning to gain wins, bringing in a new coach and more, they have decided to increase their expenditures even further with upgrades that should be finished this year.
The climate and beaches have helped USC in California over the years, I have a feeling the same will happen at USF. Take a look and see what you think.
Honorable Mentions: Notre Dame's Guglielmino Athletics Complex
Notre Dame's Guglielmino Athletics Complex looks more like a rich man's home than a sports complex and the amenities inside are definitely on the rich side too.
The ceilings are high, the spaces are bright, open and inviting. It is truly a relaxing place that speaks more of elegance than the glitz of Oregon.
Near the door is a stunning two story mural and there is plenty of other things that catch your eye with a sense of style and grace.
Take a look for yourself at one of the most different looking athletic facilities in the country.
Others That Are Stunning Facilities Include....
LSU's Athletic Center - Take a look and see for yourself at:
Michigan Wolverine's Bo Schembechler Hall is very nice, and they share a very nice indoor practice field with the other sports.
The Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex - is a great complex and one of the big reasons that Nebraska can lure students from far away. Take the tour and you'll see why.
The Bright Football Complex is Texas A&M's crown jewel in recruiting. It is a complex that demands attention and leaves a lasting impression. See why by taking the tour below.
Now Let The Debates Begin:
Are you as shocked as these fans that your team's facilities didn't make the list?
So who was left out and why should they have been included? Who was on the list and shouldn't have been and why?
Let the comments begin below and thank you for reading, for your comments and any LIKES you give.