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Published: Tuesday, March 29 2011 12:53 a.m. MDT

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pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Duck,

thanks for the insight on the tier stuff.

You're right, there is no way Utah can come close to out Oregoning Oregon. USC might be the only school that might even be in the same ballpark money wise.

Utah needs to "out Utah" Oregon, meaning they need to have good enough facilities to mid-upper Pac-12 talent, then develop them better than the other schools. Until I make as much money as the owner of Nike, Utah won't come near the facilities or wow factor that Oregon can throw out there.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

"Going into the Pac-12, it's an all-out arms race," Whittingham said. "Everybody is building the bigger and better buildings, and we've got to keep up with everybody."

While this looks like a great facility, remember that Utah football didn't get to where it is now by 'keeping up with the Jones's'. While I'm first and foremost a Y fan, I'd hate to see the U lose the chip on it's shoulder- you know the one that allows them to beat teams like Alabama- by doing what everyone else does. Hopefully the U athletes will still feel they have something to prove.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Where will the money come from? The taxpayers, who pay for the University of Utah so we'll have a great university for students to get an excellent eductation? (No one has ever been able to tell me what football has to do with education). Will student fees help pay for it even if some students have no interest in football? 100% donated funds? Great idea!

hymn to the silent
Holladay, UT

Actually there have been plenty of studies tying academic quality to athletic success. And the ROI on football is much greater than the other programs at the University, still the academic interests receive far more private donations than athletics. Lamenting donations to athletics is laughable. Football is a money maker. Academics at the U is stellar. If you excel you find yourself in classes with the Nation's best professors: My junior year I studied under a Poet Laureate, two Ivy league professors, and a professor in Architecture who studied and taught all over Europe. That kind of multi-dimensional intellectualism is what makes the UofU an incredible place to study. It is a microcosm of the best the college world has to offer. And at state school prices. The University is seriously under appreciated in this state.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

You know what would be ANOTHER great addition to the U area?

PARKING!

JSB
Sugar City, ID

@Hymn to the Silent.

Perhaps we have read different studies but in the studies I have read, participation in extra curricular activities of any kind is a better predictor of long term success when compared to other students who do not participate in any student activities. But, of the different activities students can participate in, debate, drama, music, newspaper, yearbook, student government, clubs are significantly better predictors of long term success. Participation in college sports and cheerleading and drill team are the poorest predictors of long term success. For the money invested, high school and college sports are not a good investment.

Nels
Bountiful, Utah

It seems that there is a lot of comparison of the facilities at BYU and Utah. Can someone tell me where BYU gets their funds to build these facilities? If it is all from private donors, good on BYU's donors. If the majority is from tithing(which I suspect most of it is) then you have little room to compare since we all know the tithing fund brings in a lot of money to maintain and construct chruch facilities.

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