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Build That Man a Track

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by Kirby, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. Kirby

    Kirby GC Legend

    Sep 14, 2009
    Rocket City
    We need to find a way to build an indoor track facility for the GOAT coach at UF. He deserves it.
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  2. homer

    homer GC Hall of Fame

    Nov 2, 2015
    We had an indoor track in the O-dome.

    It was removed for the remodeling.
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  3. eastowest

    eastowest GC Hall of Fame

    May 13, 2007
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  4. CalGator

    CalGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 11, 2007
    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.
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  5. Distant Gator

    Distant Gator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    Upstate, SC
    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.
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  6. GatorMatt06

    GatorMatt06 All American

    Oct 4, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    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.
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  7. enviroGator

    enviroGator Premium Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    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.
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  8. apkgator

    apkgator Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
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  9. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    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 :)
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  10. gatortenor37

    gatortenor37 GC Legend

    Jan 29, 2016
    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.
  11. rpmGator

    rpmGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 10, 2007
    Funny thing I noticed

    Auburn didn’t get a single male on the first , second or frosh teams

    Let the schwartz be with you
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  12. Distant Gator

    Distant Gator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    Upstate, SC
    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.
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  13. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    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.
  14. red4512

    red4512 Premium Member

    Mar 4, 2010
    He deserves a track, but SORRY he is not the greatest.
    Top Ten.
  15. reaves2alvarez

    reaves2alvarez Junior

    Nov 29, 2016
    I didn't Know “the University of Auburn” had such a nice track.

    “Wes Chandler was Percy Harvin before Percy Harvin was born.”
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  16. homer

    homer GC Hall of Fame

    Nov 2, 2015
    Biggest difference I see is an indoor track is smaller so the curves are tighter and the banking is higher.
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  17. iowagator

    iowagator Premium Member

    Can you imagine what he could do if he had an indoor track?????? :D
  18. 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.
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  19. sHiNeR2

    sHiNeR2 All American

    Apr 3, 2007
    Damn. I didn't know that breakdown. VERY compelling argument for GOAT.
  20. GameTime1

    GameTime1 GC Legend

    Jul 27, 2015
    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!