And the Pac-12 arms race continues.
Washington State is the latest to unveil its new football operations building, and The Times’ Bud Withers was in Pullman on Tuesday for the media tour. He wrote:
What the Cougars have bought for $61 million (no tax dollars), you wouldn’t call opulent. Opulent is Oregon, with its German-built lockers and Ferrari-grade leather seats. Nor would I call WSU’s purchase spectacular; that’s the view from the new Washington football offices toward Lake Washington.
But WSU unveiled a facility that’s well-appointed, tasteful and without question a place of which it can be proud. They say that when they took seniors to the locker room recently, they weren’t so much giddy as they were stunned. …
As Moos, now in his fourth year as athletic director, tells it, it’s the next logical step in pushing WSU’s football profile back to prominence, a process that got a foothold last year with a first bowl appearance in 10 seasons.
Talking about Pullman, Moos said, “Parents fall in love with it because it’s clean, it’s safe. There’s no freeways, no drive-by shootings. If we could recruit the parents, we’d be in the Rose Bowl every year.”
Colorado, by the way, is another Pac-12 school in the midst of a facilities overhaul.
A few other links:
- Danny Shelton was named to a Sporting News preseason all-American. This won’t be the last time we see his name for some preseason accolades.
- UW basketball got a key commitment Tuesday from Rainer Beach shooting guard Dejounte Murray, the state’s top recruit.
- Nick Saban, already college football’s highest paid coach, got a raise to $6.9 million. Rollin’, indeed.
— Jordan Paopao (@CoachPaopao) June 4, 2014