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.