Money Never Is The Answer….Unless The Question Is Big-Time College Football

Posted: January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Grrr….I could build a national champion out of toothpicks and duct tape……and a 37,000 square foot weight room…..yeah, that would be nice.

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide this week won its 16th college football National Championship this week, its 4th National Championship in the last seven years.  It has been quite a run, and I think it’s safe to throw the word “dynasty” out there  in regards to the state of university’s football program.  And there is no signs of the program slowing down.

How did this university achieve building the premiere football program in the country?  Well, first, they spared no expense in hiring and retaining the best personnel they could find.  Head coach Nick Saban was lured in with a $5 million per year salary, which has now grown to around $7 million per year.  He’s even been provided a home he doesn’t have to pay taxes on.  Another $5 million plus goes to assistant coaches.  And almost another $3 million goes to support staff (Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach alone makes over $500,000 annually).

But that’s not all, the university also strives to have the best facilities in the country to help attract the best football players coming out of high school.  Players center comes complete with nutrition areas, cooking classes, lounges with huge flat screen TV’s, game systems, arcade, etc.  They also have a 37,000 square feet weight room (if you click the link, the awesomeness of the weight room will be helpfully demonstrated by the conditioning coach going all Hulk Hogan….whatcha gonna do when Alabama’s weight room runs wild on you!!!).  There may will be one million dumbbells!

That’s not to mention indoor practice facilities, free police services from the city of Tuscaloosa, and the list and list goes on and on.  The point of all this is that no expense is spared, with the cost of “football operations” being over $50 million a year.

Still, you can’t argue with the results.  It shows that when you make something a priority and give it enough resources, great things can be accomplished. Nobody would ever dream of telling Nick Saban ‘no, you are just going to have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and make do with what you have’ in response to a request for his “needs”.  Yet, it seems like this attitude is not applied elsewhere.  It is a common answer among many that “money/spending never solves anything” and that people just need to be “self-sufficient”.

I guess my question is if somebody as unquestionably great as Nick Saban needs all of these resources to solve the “problem” of college football National Championships, why wouldn’t other problems need similar prioritization and resources to be solved?



  1. List of X says:

    I’m sure many other football program spend as much or more money and don’t win championships. However, I don’t mean it as a compliment to the coach, rather than a waste of hundreds of millions of dollars that could be spent on education which is supposedly a priority for these universities. $50 million could probably pay tuition for at least a couple of thousands students.

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