Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by Kirby, Mar 10, 2019.
We need to find a way to build an indoor track facility for the GOAT coach at UF. He deserves it.
We had an indoor track in the O-dome.
It was removed for the remodeling.
I honestly don't know how our track facilities stack up with the other major players in the sport, but they should probably be top 5/10 considering where we are and where our program is heade for the foreseeable future.
I haven't been to our outdoor track for a meet since 2015 but at that time it was phenomenal. I'm sure that's still true.
I haven't done an in depth comparison, but I can't imagine there are 5 better facilities in the country. (But I could be wrong.)
We don't have an indoor facility any more, as the OP indicates.
This seems more like a want than a need. See: 10 Top Collegiate Track and Field Facilities
Most of the top facilities are outdoors and we're one of them (pretty cool that it's modeled after the Colosseum). TAMU is the only one that seems really impressive but they also are floating on oil money. I'm not a real expert in track & field though so idk.
Wow... never thought of it till now, but we win tons of indoor track championships, and what do we do? Tear out our indoor track. SMH. Something just doesn't sound right w/ that.
Just sent a couple of million this summer on the track facilities
UAA Commits $2.5 Million to Track, Tennis Resurfacing - Florida Gators
If Mouse was adamant about an indoor track it would have been built... he is OK with the upgrade on the outdoor facility and content with his new $$ plus he seems to be able to coach the kids up as well
If they always practice outside, does that make it easier to run inside? I guess it depends on if they are practicing against the wind or with the wind.
Funny thing I noticed
Auburn didn’t get a single male on the first , second or frosh teams
Let the schwartz be with you
I ran track for UF in the 80s when we had the indoor track.
In my 4 years at UF I think I practiced once inside, maybe twice.
Our track was really hard- there was no give. (It was very fast.)
So there was no advantage in practicing indoors weather-wise and it added to the injury risk, so we didn't do it.
Teams up north or even here in Upstate SC have to constantly battle the elements to get any work done in January- February.
So an indoor track makes more sense from Atlanta northward. In beautiful North Central Florida- not so much.
We did host a lot of indoor track meets in the O'Dome- including a few SEC meets.
So that was nice- not having to travel as much as other teams. I'm sure that saved a lot of $.
But the usual reason to have an indoor track is not as important at UF as other schools.
Mouse was on with Steve Russell today, SR asked him about practicing inside, CMH said it was no big deal, he scheduled a meet on the same track surface as the SECs at Arky and that was the practice he wanted.
He deserves a track, but SORRY he is not the greatest.
I didn't Know “the University of Auburn” had such a nice track.
“Wes Chandler was Percy Harvin before Percy Harvin was born.”
Biggest difference I see is an indoor track is smaller so the curves are tighter and the banking is higher.
Can you imagine what he could do if he had an indoor track??????
No, he's clearly and objectively the greatest. The most impactful? No. The most popular? No. The greatest? Yes. No other Gator coach has dominated his sport at the national level for a solid decade the way he has. As a university, we have 41 national titles in our entire history, and he -- alone -- has almost 25% of them. And he has a host of SEC titles, too.
Right now he's at . . . Twenty-two-freaking-percent of all Gator national championships !!!
If we're lucky, he'll bring home another one in the summer.
In the world of Gator Sports, he's the greatest we've ever had.
Damn. I didn't know that breakdown. VERY compelling argument for GOAT.
Agree with all you wrote. But he basically coaches 4 different sports? Maybe that's enough to put him in the GOAT talk by itself!