Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/14/12

If you need Exhibit A of schools spending exorbitant amounts of money to attract recruits, here’s a video tour of the Oregon football program’s swanky night club locker room. Sophomore quarterback Bryan Bennett takes us on a “Cribs”-like walk through of the two-leveled hangout. And, in true Ducks fashion, it is the epitome of gaudiness and materialism.

The entire space is littered with Oregon mantras and emblems, enormous images of former players and reminders of past victories. The lockers have wood-paneled doors, metal shelving on the inside and individual ventilation systems to combat mustiness from pads, shoes and sweat-drenched clothing. The upper level of lockers has a balcony so players can listen in when Chip Kelly gives a pep talk from the adjacent lounge area.

Of course Nike founder Phil Knight also his own locker in case, you know, he ever wants to strap on the pads one day. That’s not the only presence Uncle Phil has in the locker room. There’s also a metal-engraved dedication plaque with the likeness of the university’s billionaire benefactor in his trademark shades.

Try being a recruit on a visit to Eugene and not getting blown away by a state-of-the-art locker room that also happens to have the ambiance of a hot L.A. nightspot. (This is not to be confused with the trashy strip-club vibe of SMU’s locker room.)

It all almost makes you wonder why the Ducks would ever need the help of a shady, rumored street agent to funnel recruits to the program. Allegedly.

H/T The Dish

PICTURES OF OREGON FOOTBALL’S LOCKER ROOM

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