Commentary: In the Pac-12, the Utes are now a part of the arms race
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The McKay Center has a wall where recruits can check out Nike uniform combinations of any sport. Specifically to football, another wall pays homage to former greats, Rose Bowl wins and the 2004 Associated Press national title trophy. (The BCS and Heisman since stripped the honors from USC due to scandals surrounding former coach and player Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush, respectively.) Perhaps those locker room screens will be used more for leisure than studying opponents.
With two 50-foot long pools and hot tubs, Ducks will get to swim after practices — though the latter has raised eyebrows. Two movie theaters, leather easy chairs for every athlete and a team room with 55-inch flat screen TVs assure comfort at its finest within the three-feet-thick basalt walls of the operations center.
Wildcats are now enjoying a lounge, meeting rooms and dining hall aside from that computer and medical center. A 120-seat auditorium is like Oregon’s, too, except there is not two. A $5 million video board reportedly is the best of its kind in college football.
Utes can enjoy a Hall of Fame and a media studio with editing and production. A 3,600-square-foot players’ lounge is equipped with flat-screen TVs and game areas that may just distract players from an adjacent group study room.
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