According to The Washington Post, 48 schools in the five wealthiest college conferences increased athletic facility spending 89% from 2004 to 2014.
That trend continued into 2015, when Clemson announced a $55 million "village" for its football team.
Because these schools are broke and not actually making any money off football teams, it's set to include a golf simulator, laser tag, an outdoor pavilion for fires and barbecues, a mini-golf course, a lounge with pool and ping-pong, as well as the standard gym and practice fields.
But perhaps most importantly for current and future Clemson players, this village will also include a slide. But not just any slide. A slide fit for a baggage claim conveyer belt.
Also, Clemson's new football facility will feature a slide. A freakin' slide! pic.twitter.com/wGTLO3thTs— TeamBuildr (@teambuildr) August 18, 2016
Yes, apparently a slide was the decisive factor for the "most fun football ops facility in the country." There are few things in life that grown men love more than a 20-foot slide which somehow looks worse than the atrocious mockup.
But naturally, the haters on Twitter couldn't understand this.
@ClemsonFB So glad to see colleges are still spending their money wisely......— Jamie (@8bitforever) December 14, 2016
@ClemsonFB Dabo is such a stupid name— WalterBlakeKnoblock (@WBKnoblock) December 14, 2016
@ClemsonFB a little slide isn't that cool— Michael Schlaug (@schlaug_michael) December 14, 2016
@ClemsonFB you serious Clark?— Scott Long (@ScottML15) December 14, 2016
Clemson University got rid of their swimming program so Dabo could give his college football players a slide. https://t.co/RK9Gb5ZalN— Gamecock Trey (@GamecockTrey) December 14, 2016
(That sound you hear is Clemson fans rushing to Well, Actually him about their one national title won over 30 years ago.)
A slide in the football facility? Clemson OD— SwaziThaSavage (@SwaziThaSavage) December 14, 2016
So, Clemson FB gettin a slide. That's cute. Just remember what Momma says-"all fun & games till someone gets hurt".— Ashley Carmichael (@CrazyPearlLady) December 14, 2016
@ClemsonFB so much static shocks waiting to happen— Spencer Honda (@SpncerHonda) December 14, 2016
@ClemsonFB running down a hill and now going down a slide. Wondering if you all really want injured players.— Leslie Weaver (@FSUGodsGirl) December 14, 2016
The facility opens Jan. 26th.
Clemson players should get there early. They're clearly expecting long lines for the slide.