Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy: “It's just a marketing tool that gets you in the door. If you don't have them people use it against you more so than anything else. It's kind of bad news for athletic directors and presidents, but you can't go very long without updating it, or you're behind.”
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione: “Candidly, I don't know that it's a fair comparison to say other schools in the Big 12 or ACC or Big Ten don't have facilities that are comparable or even better, certainly than some of the SEC schools.”
Baylor coach Art Briles: “It's ever-changing. Young people are not wanting to go backwards, I promise you that. The good ol days for them was 30 minutes ago. They're moving forward, and we're moving with them.”
Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard: “They're extremely important now in recruiting. If you have facilities that are lacking, you automatically go to the bottom of some people's list … I remember going to Stanford and thinking how weird it was that their football stuff was in the same building as something else. I was just confused, dumbfounded.”
Arkansas tight end Brad Taylor: “They'd just finished (the new locker room) a couple weeks before camp started and we got to come in and see it for the first time. I know my reaction was just kind of in awe about the illuminating lights and all the other stuff. I know that can only help with recruiting. I've seen a few recruits come in here and it's impressive for sure.”
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