Lasch Cash: Sandy Barbour Talks Football Facilities Fundraising Efforts

By John Morgan on July 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and Head Coach James Franklin
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College football has become a facilities arms race. Money talks and coaches walk if they can't help provide the ultimate lifeblood to a program. Purdue and Northwestern, historically mid-tier programs, have unveiled incredible new facilities for their football programs. If the middle-of-the-pack teams in the conference are outpacing you, the changes need to continue in earnest. Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour spoke about facilities and fundraising at Big Ten Media Days, and some of the figures were staggering.

Barbour met with the media and disclosed that they have raised close to $25 million over last four years and over $7 million in just the last year. The current renovation project encompasses player meeting rooms, and there is a rush to have those completed before fall camp starts. The next phase will include upgrades to the players' lounge and some projects on the second floor of the building. Previous renovations included a new locker room, player honor wall, and many cosmetic enhancements to the public areas of the Lasch Building.

Barbour said that there is good fundraising momentum, and though they do not want to copy any school in particular, they want to tell the story of Penn State to the current student-athletes and anyone considering the Nittany Lions. For those that have followed the tenure of James Franklin, keeping up with the Joneses is hardly a new revelation. But after two 10-plus win seasons, it makes that vision a little more feasible. As Penn State continues to excel on the field and recruiting, upgrades to the facilities can only help in Franklin's quest to become a perennial top-10 program.