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RE: Could the SEC start its own lacrosse league??
(02-14-2018 10:03 PM)chargeradio Wrote:  Vanderbilt already has women’s lacrosse (Big East, moving to AAC), but not softball or women’s volleyball (the only school in the SEC not to sponsor either sport).

Everyone else is going to have go further into boutique sport territory to add men’s lacrosse.

The shortest path might be for four schools to add rowing programs to rescue Alabama and Tennessee from the Big 12 - it doesn’t help those schools with men’s soccer or men’s lacrosse, but if four of LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State, all added rowing and men’s soccer it would get SEC men’s soccer off the ground (joining South Carolina and Kentucky).

Alabama and Tennessee would need to add Rifle or Triathlon as a women’s sport (Kentucky has a mixed rifle program) and then add men’s soccer. Florida would need to do the same to add men’s lacrosse.

This would allow everyone else to add men’s and women’s lacrosse as a pair.

The thing about rowing is that you really need a nice, safe, and clean body of water nearby to make it feasible.

Tuscaloosa and Knoxville both sit on large navigable rivers. UA's rowing facility is technically on campus as the city transferred a riverside park to UA a few years back. I imagine Tennessee has something similar although I don't know.

But yeah, if you don't have a good sized body of water nearby then fielding a rowing team could be quite a feat. I know there are some other SEC schools that are located near water like that, but there aren't a ton of them.
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RE: Could the SEC start its own lacrosse league??
Broad River is 30 minutes away from the University of Georgia. If the Dawgs could set up a boathouse on that river, they would be set.
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RE: Could the SEC start its own lacrosse league??
Would love to see Vandy add a softball team. Then we'd have an even number and scheduling would be a little easier. As much as its on TV now, softball may end up being a decent revenue sport.

I think we'd benefit from a hockey league as it would tap some new spheres around the country.

You know what else might be fun? Water polo...

What do you need for that? A big pool? You might even be able to use the same infrastructure that's present for swimming and diving. Even if not, all you have to do is build an extra pool or two, can't possibly be expensive.
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AllTideUp, please check out this website: http://www.ugarowing.org Also, this website http://www.tamucrew.com, also http://www.ufcrew.com

LSU has a rowing team also https://m.facebook.com/lsurowing/posts?locale2=en_GB
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(02-14-2018 11:45 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  all you have to do is build an extra pool or two, can't possibly be expensive.

One should expect to pay close to $15M for a brand new natatorium with the facilities required for swimming and water polo, and would probably see $750,000 a year in operating costs. It can be done for less, yes, and can be done for much, much more.

http://www.counsilmanhunsaker.com/portfo...versities/

Counsilman Hunsaker is the countries pre-eminent large pool architect. It was founded by Doc Counsilman, legendary Olympic and Indiana Coach. You want a pool, you use Counsilman Hunsaker.
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(02-15-2018 08:56 AM)Lord Stanley Wrote:  
(02-14-2018 11:45 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  all you have to do is build an extra pool or two, can't possibly be expensive.

One should expect to pay close to $15M for a brand new natatorium with the facilities required for swimming and water polo, and would probably see $750,000 a year in operating costs. It can be done for less, yes, and can be done for much, much more.

http://www.counsilmanhunsaker.com/portfo...versities/

Counsilman Hunsaker is the countries pre-eminent large pool architect. It was founded by Doc Counsilman, legendary Olympic and Indiana Coach. You want a pool, you use Counsilman Hunsaker.

I don't know about the other SEC schools, but UA needs a new natatorium anyway so might as well do it right while we're at it.
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Liberty just christened our new natatorium this past month which cost $20M. I am not sure who the architects were but having a bowl-shaped set-up for 1400 spectators is pretty sweet.

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