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Published: Thursday, Aug. 1 2013 10:40 a.m. MDT

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vangroovin
West Jordan, UT

Wow - a bit WAY over the top! Sure it's nice, but seriously? Why can't some of that money they spent in the building go towards furthering the education of their students? A building is a building and eventually will be torn down or be destroyed. Education is much more permanent and makes much more of an impact. This facility makes the Ducks look like movie stars, full of glitz, glamour, "look at me", pride, and absolute arrogance. College students in my opinion don't need something this extravagantly luxurious as part of their college experience: 1) they are football players; 2) they are college students. And again, coming back to the academics, what good does a multi-million (or should I say billion) facility do if the sole purpose for those students being there is to gain an education? This facility is a joke when it comes to what they could have done to better the education of the institution's students. Football is fun to watch, but it won't solve the problems of the world.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

The Oregon football team also brings in more money than other departments.

I'm totally fine with them spending their money how they want.

Down under
Eugene, OR

This is pretty common with all PAC 11+u schools. The new Nike contract is throwing money huge amounts of money mostly the football programs in the conference. The universities are strapped for cash in other areas. I am guessing that this would also be true with other conferences that need the charity handouts.
Thank goodness that BYU can stand on its own reputation and national brand

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@vangroovin

Where to begin....

"Why can't some of that money they spent in the building go towards furthering the education of their students?"

Oregon's athletic department is profitable. That means spending $1 in athletics gets the school more than $1 back. That money is spent on - you guessed it - furthering the education of their students.

"A building is a building and eventually will be torn down or be destroyed. Education is much more permanent and makes much more of an impact."

Education is not more permanent than a building. The building lasts 50 years maybe. The investment in education also goes away after 50 years when the learner dies.

"This facility is a joke when it comes to what they could have done to better the education of the institution's students."

See point #1 above. Also, this isn't "school" money being spent - it's Phil Knight's money. And he can spend it on what he wishes.

"Football is fun to watch, but it won't solve the problems of the world."

Neither will a few more Oregonians getting worthless liberal arts degrees.

Malihini
Northern, UT

Maybe some of this money could be filtered into medical research at both the university of Oregon and other university research facilities. That way, they could research life altering injuries like spinal cord, cancer, and brain trama and perhaps provide some real utility and benefit.

Ironmomo
Ogden, Utah

Wow, very impressive.

The University of Utah just finished moving into their brand new football facility last month which cost 32 million dollars; and now Oregon drops a 68 million dollar recruiting Taj Mahal on their front doorstep.

Keeping up with the Jones (Ducks) is going to be tough for Ute fans.

footballisgood
Holladay, UT

Aa the one poster said, Phil Knight can spend his money however he sees fit. If you want to complain, complain to Mr. Knight, or else complain to those Oregon grads who have gone on to greatness in other fields and choose not to be as generous as Knight does in contributing to their alma mater

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

It's a little over the top, but Oregon is far from the only one out there having a spending spree. After this video gets out, I guarentee no less than 10 SEC schools are already out quadrupling their fundraising and breaking ground on their best efforts to keep up with the Ducks. Guess they will have to take a break from figuring out ways to pay players while they build.

@Brave Sir Robin: "Neither will a few more Oregonians getting worthless liberal arts degrees" -Nice work, this made me laugh out loud!!

STLute
St. Louis, MO

Keep in mind Nike sells athletic gear and apparel. Everyone knows Phil Knight invests in Oregon athletics. His investment into his alma mater is also promoting the Nike brand. It's another form of advertising because every time a person see's Oregon apparel/gear, his name (and Nike) is associated with it. Plus, from an academic standpoint, does anyone know 100% that he does or doesn't also contribute to education too? I would bet he does, but I'm not sure.

Kduck
Seattle, WA

I would really be surprised if Landon took more than 15 minutes to do research for this article. He basically regurgitated the USA Today article (and others) and is apparently completely unaware that the NCAA investigation was completed over 2 weeks ago and minimal penalties were levied.

In regards to the money spent. This project was entirely privately funded, the vast majority of it by Phil and Penny Knight. They can spend their money any way they want. BTW, they have also donated millions to the academic side at Oregon. John Jaqua Student-Athlete Academic Center, the Knight Library, and the Knight Law School to name a few.

Also, the chances of the University of Utah or BYU turning down a gift like this if Phil Knight were an alum = NONE.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Did anyone expect anything different from Nike U? I think it is actually a good thing that Oregon embraces the glitz and glamour that they can afford. It makes for a fun atmosphere and brings viewers and students together to watch what uni the ducks will adorn this time. If Phil knight wants to give back to his university in such a way, what's wrong with that? I think in the end it's good for the school academically also. Anything in advertising that sets your brand apart is attractive...whether it be for athletes or for students. Why do universities spend so much on their advertising during sporting events? It attracts both students and athletes, and Oregon gets both because of their Nike mojo IMO.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Ironmomo,

The $68 million that Oregon spent on their football facility included, I believe, an indoor practice facility and weight training center, facilities that Utah already had in place. So, Utah spent $32 million on the part of the facility equation that was missing. While not as extravagent as Oregon's, Utah's facility will do just fine. And Utah's academic standing is higher than Oregons's and that still counts a lot with recruits. Just ask Stanford.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Dutchman:
"Utah's academic standing is higher than Oregons's and that still counts a lot with recruits".

Uh...no. Oregon is a member of the prestigious AAU fraternity of universities. A membership Utah can only dream of having. Utah, Oregon State, Washington St, & ASU are the only PAC12 schools who are not members of the AAU (the Big 10 are ALL AAU except Nebraska, who was AAU when they initially joined). In terms of graduation rates Utah ranks second to last in the PAC12 in front of only Party U, Arizona St.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Cougsndawgs,

I am going on what was reported in the article. If you have a problem with that take it up with Landon.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Go Beavers......

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I've been through both BYU and utah's football facilities. While both are very nice neither compare to that. I don't know if anything does compare to that.

Smart Aleck
Vancouver, WA

What's the big deal? This looks like the high school athletic center I trained in.

The duck motif is a distinct drawback, however. Nobody get scared by a duck. And the 'feather' accents to the decorations just look silly.

Smart Aleck
Vancouver, WA

They should get Willie, Si, Phil and Jace to come in and do some duck huntin'!

SSmith
Salt Lake City, UT

Forbes ranks BYU as the 75th best academic university and ranks Utah at #143.

Forbes also ranks BYU as the 42nd best research university and Utah comes in at #75.

That's pretty far off from what the PAC12 fans have been telling us.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

SSmith,

Utah has medical, pharmacy and dental schools and all the research that goes with them. That is what opened the door for Utah into the PAC 12. Not disparaging BYU here at all. BYU is a great university. Forbes is one of many, many rankings. Others present different results. But Landon's article used Forbes and Forbes has Utah ranked much higher than Oregon.

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