If you haven't seen it yet, the Tennessean had an article yesterday afternoon talking about how Franklin is demanding upgrades to the facilities at PSU. In the process, he said that VU's facilities were better than PSU's.
"To put it in a little bit of perspective for you, when I was at Vanderbilt, we had the last-place facilities in the SEC," said Franklin, as reported by Mark Brennan of FightOnState.com. "It wasn't even close. And our facilities at Vanderbilt (were) better than what they are at Penn State right now, which is probably a little shocking to people."
I can't see how anyone would believe this. Our best players continuously get judged for the name on the front of their jerseys, not the records they set, or even their every day play. I can't see ANYONE believing that PSU has worse facilities than Vanderbilt. Even if it were true!
If you haven't seen it in person, new facility is amazing. It is definitely head and shoulders above what we had before. Even so, it is correct to observe that our facilities are "last place" in the conference. I don't think many fans would even argue that. Franklin followed it up with some clarification:
"It's everything," he said. "It's the indoor facility. Our turf needs to be replaced outside and inside. The carpet. The paint. The branding. The furniture. The technology. What I would recommend (the media) do is you get on the Internet and you do some research on what does Oregon have? What does USC have? What does Oklahoma State have? … I think it's important for us to be aware of what's really out there.
Franklin wasn't so much saying our facilities were better because they are bigger or we have more room etc. He was our facilities, look nicer, and have lots of ~modern technology~. It's also important to note he's trying to sell the need for more booster money, so overstating how bad the PSU facilities are is literally worth it's weight in gold.
Still, this article really got me thinking. Yes, we may be the worst in the SEC for facilities, but how bad is being the worst of the best? We keep hearing all this crap about how terrible the facilities are compared to the LSUs, Alabamas, etc., but what about the other schools across the nation? Maybe the raw size of the structures or the floor space isn't *really* what brings in recruits. Maybe having one futuristic dream world of a facility can sell more recruits than 10 that haven't been updated in decades.
I'd be curious to know what y'all think.