The state of amateurism in a nutshell — you can’t pay student-athletes, so you sink $30 million into an indoor practice facility to give recruits goosebumps instead.
“The indoor facility being finished when it did, timed up just right for some recruiting momentum. We had 10-12 guys in over the last couple of weekends (on visits). The ‘oh’s’ and ‘ah’s’ for getting to see that space? And utilize that space? It’s been really a big advantage for us, that we were able to sell.”
I’d say only in America, but in reality, in any other sector of the American economy, the free market would be doing its usual efficient thing of getting resources directly into the hands of the people whose services were being used.
At least that frees up more money to hire support staff. So there’s that.