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Texas A&M Increasing the SEC Arms Race

As we enter into some pivotal months ahead for the future of UK football, news comes today that other schools are making the process of success in the SEC even harder. Texas A&M will spend $450 million on a new stadium renovation that the school hopes will move it to the elite of the SEC. The Aggies have made the move in order to stay in touch with the big boys of the Southeastern Conference and their move will make their stadium state of the art. They are the second SEC team to announce a major injection of funding into their facilities, joining Vanderbilt, who announced three months ago a $50 million renovation.

UK President Eli Capulouto said this week that Kentucky’s facilities were “middle of the pack” in the SEC for football. This is a dream world. At this point, Kentucky’s facilities are behind every program in the conference except Vanderbilt, and with their renovation, that may no longer be the case. News like that coming out of College Station today makes the path even that much harder for the Cats.

Article written by Matt Jones

31 Comments for Texas A&M Increasing the SEC Arms Race

  1. Tom
    7:00 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I really think when it is all said and done we will look back at Eli Capulouto as one of the worst Presidents in UK history. I just have a bad feeling about this guy. I just always trusted Lee Todd would do what was right for the athletics department and I don’t think Eli is anywhere close to being that way.

  2. tdogg40330
    7:00 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    We better concentrate on the product playing on the field before we start
    worrying about anything else, what say you??

  3. Witch Doctor
    7:12 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    2——looks like Texas A&M is going to show future players they are serious about a football program. When you get the top players on board you get a better product. It’s not the X and O’s as much as it is the Tommy’s & Joe’s.

  4. tdogg40330
    7:15 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    3) I guess you have a point …lol

    7:23 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Certainly that’t not the cutest A&M girl you could find, right?

  6. Mudcreekmark
    7:24 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    After Vandy spends fifty million on renovations it will raise the value of the venue to $50,000,500.

  7. overrated
    7:27 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    The stadium funding issue is a minor point. Commonwealth is not “state of the art” but neither is Bryant Denny in Tuscaloosa. I have been many times and it’s just as old as Commonwealth. Where the money needs to be put is into the living and practice facilities like with basketball. They need an overhaul on the weight room and the dorm areas and the nutter center, things like that. Rupp is an old hollow place that is nowhere near state of the art, but the practice facility and new lodge is awesome. Kids like this because that is where they spend most of their time. When Commonwealth is full and rockin, it is awesome, just like Rupp. Put a winner in there and you will be fine.

    Facilities are important to a major degree with some players, but most want a staff they trust and a chance to win and where they are going to spend their time to be cool. They only spend 10-15 days a year in Commonwealth.

  8. Me
    7:27 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    TAMU has a $7Billion Endowment Fund. There is a crap load of $$$ here in Texas, however UK should wake up and make a good investment in football. It will bring serious State and Community support if they can acheive .500+ consistently and be competitive in the SEC.

    What UK really needs is a Football Leader…a face for the program that will demand Excellence and Competitiveness.

  9. carnifex
    7:37 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m afraid Cappuccino is Barney Redux. This will end badly for UK.

  10. Don'tMessWithTexas
    7:41 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    You guys need to figure out you can’t dribble an oblong ball…..

  11. Don'tMessWithTexas
    7:43 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    HOW did the THIRD best football team in Ky wind up in the SEC anyway??????????????????

  12. Big Blue Daddy
    7:45 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    7 nailed it… I have been to about 15 different stadiums in the fbs… Many in the SEC… Our stadium needs work, but the other stuff matters more to these kids… They could careless how many new urinals in the restroom or flat screens go in the concourse… The luxury boxes and moving the press box above the Upper deck can be a longer term project. They just finished one side at Illinois doing this and it looks great… The video board and sound system overhaul helped dress things up quite a bit… Spend the $ on player dorms, lounges for recruiting, training table perks, state of the art weight room, renovating the nutter indoor practice facility, etc… The only thing I think is urgent for commonwealth is to change to the sports turf that plays like grass… Look at Ohio st… The field looks awesome and never loses its color… Never gets torn up either… And for Pete’s sake, paint the end zones!

  13. Funky Monkey
    7:48 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #1 & #9,… You both are wrong about President Eli C. He gets it. President Todd (all he cared about was research rating)is the one who let things get behind. Pres. Eli just announced a $200 million dollar private/public(UK) partnership, the largest ever in the nation, to build 7000 new dorm rooms in 5 years. Dorms/Housing is another area UK has gotten behind in. Trust me, Donovan, the Complex,.. all the dorms look like they did 30 + years ago. The new President gets it,… you’ll see the upgrades in Football too, just takes time, but I’d say at season end when we get a new Coach.

  14. ukjonny8
    7:50 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    This is addressed to “WOW”, since he may quit looking at the old thread on this topic. I understand that the school non-profit. My point is two fold. One the educators work probably still would not bring in millions of dollars in profit even if they could. And two, they have the athletic department that already does this and the faculty should quit being so bitter about it. I think we all know that the university would decline if there were no athletics. If you dont realize that, then there is no since discussing this with you any further.

  15. Sittin' Bull
    7:50 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    She might be worth $100 million but no way $450 million!

  16. SECsports
    7:59 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    When your president is busy observing Yom Kippur, do you really expect him to open up his University wallet? Hell no.

    Puuuuuttt on you Yamaka,,,,let’s celebrate Hanukkah!!!!

    Instead of a big CWS renovation, he’ll agree to give the 1st 20 fans at the games a free(kosher)hotdog.

  17. Mack
    8:02 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    Her Daddy is paying for the upgrades.

  18. Dr. Phil
    8:11 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    There are much better photos of hot Texas A&M girls to show, keep looking.

  19. 3cats
    8:18 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    It seems when someone becomes a President they lose touch with whats going on around them.Without renovation,he is not going to pay a big name coach.I heard the Big East has an open spot for us. And #13 we don’t have time. We can get the money with the bond bill and private money. I have $3.00 ready to mail today.

  20. Tom
    9:02 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink


    On behalf of the die hard football base, thank you. It seems as though this week will determine to some degree whether we will step up and finally have the capibility to field an SEC football team. By bringing together the legistlators and the university to some degree the credit has to be given to you and KSR. Again, we all want better and to push this thing to that plateu point of sustained competitive SEC football. Due to the headway KSR has made with so many followers being able to follow the behind the scenes action on the direction of this program keeps us hopeful..Thanks again!

  21. Buckets
    9:18 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    That A&M girl is a dog and if Capulouto won’t agree to major football facility upgrades, then fire his ass. It’s that simple. Fire him yesterday.

  22. SECsports
    9:28 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    #20 nailed it. Matt Jones has been incredible in the UK Football debate. Withou his interviews of David Williams and Mitch, I doubt the two would’ve ever even talked.

  23. Yeehasa
    10:25 pm September 25, 2012 Permalink

    U want state money to go to football dorms and a stadium over student housing that should be confimed
    Guys I think you’ve lost focus on the fact this is a college and it is their football and bball teams we support not the other way around
    I know that isn’t the fun answer but I mean come on

    Uk hasn’t given employees raises for yrs they are actually firing dorms r falling apart the campus is a shi t hole
    And lee f’ing Todd is the one who directed to that point sinking 100s of mil into that shi t hole hospital that isn’t needed

    Eli is just being honest.

    I bet y all spend the dipper and baby food money on tickets and beer huh losers

  24. Sundrop
    1:20 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, it’s three. Mizzou announced a $200 million plan to improve facilities, most of that will go toward stadium expansion.

  25. Beavis
    6:26 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    If that A & M girl is a dog,,,,,I will take the whole dog pound off their hands

  26. Rockfield, KY
    8:48 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    She may not be the Miss St girl, but I definitely would.

  27. Rockfield, KY
    8:49 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Most of you “studs” on here commenting about her, couldn’t buy a piece that hot, much less pick one up.

  28. will
    8:58 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m making that trip for sure!

  29. manlySmell
    9:21 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    That girl is a 10. Most guys don’t recognize beauty.

  30. manlySmell
    9:23 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    her eyes are an 11

  31. Big Blue
    1:15 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    #10,#11 — we suck in football. Have for 35 years and not expected to change anytime soon. We do, however, look forward to seeing you at Rupp in January.