The arms race in college football is starting to divide into two camps that can loosely be viewed as style versus substance.
In one corner are amenities like the new lockers at the University of Texas, which each feature a 43-inch video monitor, among other things. In the other are buildings like South Carolina’s upcoming $50 million operations building that head coach Will Muschamp has proudly described as workman-like.
“I do know this, for certain kids, flash matters,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said this week at the SEC’s spring meetings in response to a question about the Longhorns’ new lockers. “I’ve said this in the past: We’re not a real sexy program, sexiness is not our forte, but at Arkansas we can be sexy. I think it’s just a way of life now with today’s kids where it does matter.”
At that point, Bielema pointed to the slide that is part of Clemson’s new football operations building. Bielema saw the slide while it was under construction when he visited Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney last spring.
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“I just started laughing, but that’s Dabo,” Bielema said. “It’s more the coach’s personality than anything. I know what he’s doing, and kids have fun with it. I think there’s a little bit of that in everybody.”
Despite not having anything akin to a slide or a putt-putt facility in his upcoming facility, Muschamp likes how his new building stacks up against anybody.
“We will have, in my opinion, as nice facilities as there are in the country,” he said.