Alex, I’ll take “Because they can” for $200.

So, LSU just spent $28 million on the latest wonder of the modern world and it’s crowing about it.

Only one question:  why?  It’s not for the reason you might expect, because that reason’s not really much of a reason.

While a large number of athletic programs have been building or completing facilities projects, our study found little to no impact from new athletic facilities on the recruitment of potential football or men’s basketball recruits. The direct impact football projects represented the largest amount of facility projects during the time period of the study, yet their returns in recruiting were mostly non-significant. There were no recruiting improvements for direct football projects during the year before facility completion, nor the first and second year after the facility was completed. Only in the year right before a project was completed was there a marginally significant effect which showed that team recruiting rankings slightly improved before a facility project was completed.

When you have lots of money rolling in, you can convince yourself of pretty much anything.  That’s how Jimmy Sexton has built himself a long and successful career.

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11 responses to “Alex, I’ll take “Because they can” for $200.

  1. TimnberRidgeDawg

    Keeping up with the Jones… The facilities are shiny objects to attract attention. Kind of like male birds showing off their feathers or singing ability to get a girl friend.

    At the end of the day, it’s ultimately not the building it’s the neighborhood. When all the houses are nice, other things (location, location, location) become the deciding factor and the best real estate agent that does the best job selling closes the deal. People don’t buy million dollar homes built in a trailer park.

    Cause they can is the reason the whole facilities arms race has turned so ridiculously ostentatious. The nouveau riche in action…

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  2. Union Jack

    Former LSU Tiger Eric Reid with some interesting comments :

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    • Classic City Canine

      He’s right. There’s a difference between not having money and being too broke for your lifestyle. CFB is too broke for its lifestyle rather than actually short on cash to pay players.

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  3. Haute Dawg

    THIS… from a university that was considering bankruptcy just a short time ago??? Let’s not let education interfere with our athletic department. They have to spend their TV money somehow. Why that locker room will be worth, what, 2 – 3 more wins… er, what’s that??? It won’t? Well, did they at least get the tiger a new habitat???

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    • Russ

      Dead on point. This is obscene.

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    • I mean, at this point aren’t these facility upgrades just the equivalent of a rock star hitting it big time and going on a spending spree? But in this analogy the rock star didn’t write the song or perform the music, just sold it to the highest bidder. “Welcome to my mansion and recording studio young musicians!”

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    • Classic City Canine

      +1 At some point, if things get bad, I wonder if the University will come calling for that TV money going straight to athletics.

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    • It was privately financed from donors (sounds familiar). Just FYSA. . .not from state funds or tv $. Hard to tell them to send the $ to the school when we know what’s most important ’round them swampy parts “I guaraaannnnteeeee”

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  4. Cojones

    They decided to build something different from other facilities in the SEC and they succeeded. Where is the rub? Think they look great and probably will appeal to those youngsters that like bling and personal locker appearance that make them stand out in their own minds.

    Better than another waterfall or outside swimming pool.

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  5. GlenmoreSon

    I wonder how long it will take for the pods to get a bit too smelly to want to sleep in.

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  6. Classic City Canine

    Is it just me or do the pods look uncomfortable for sleeping in? I can’t imagine myself, let alone a 300 pound lineman taking a snooze in that.

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