The future of higher education in Alabama?

The video that was posted online appeared to be a tour of the spa area at some swanky new hotel.

There were cascading waterfalls into hot and cold pools. There was an arcade section. A smoothie bar. Flat-screen TVs adorned every open space. There were lockers the members at Augusta National would find acceptable.

This was luxury, no doubt. But it was not at a hotel.

Instead, this shaky video tour was of the inside of a college football team’s training and lounge area. Specifically, it is the training, weight room and lounge area within the Mal Moore Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Alabama.

Pricetag: $9 million. (And that’s just for the upgrades. The original facility, which opened in 2005, cost about $50 million.)

The host school, the University of Alabama, raised tuition seven percent last year.


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