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Auburn players team-building in $51M dorm

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07:23 AM ET 08.02 | Alabama and Oregon have their opulent football complexes, and Auburn has its sparkling new living quarters. Not every Auburn football player is living on campus, but the new digs at the South Donahue Residence Hall has tempted some upperclassmen to ditch off-campus life for on-campus living. The 209-room residence hall opened Wednesday, and most of the Auburn football team has moved into the $51 million residence hall that includes amenities you would normally see in an apartment rather than a dormitory. Flat-screen televisions, personal showers and bathrooms and brand new furniture await the students (less than 50 percent are athletes) this fall. Many upperclassmen live off campus, although senior Kenneth Carter has moved back to campus to room with senior Craig Sanders.

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August 2, 2013  07:34 AM ET

I like this. Give the guys an incentive to live on campus.

August 2, 2013  08:03 AM ET
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I like this. Give the guys an incentive to live on campus.

... besides the money.

August 2, 2013  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I like this. Give the guys an incentive to live on campus.

Agreed. And Aubie has a nice campus, not too big, easy to get around.

August 2, 2013  08:06 AM ET
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... besides the money.

Well, you know, this DOES make the bagman's job much easier. Nobody ever said Aubie was stupid. Well, except the Gumps. And Dawgs. And Gators. And Vols. And.......

August 2, 2013  08:19 AM ET
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Well, you know, this DOES make the bagman's job much easier. Nobody ever said Aubie was stupid. Well, except the Gumps. And Dawgs. And Gators. And Vols. And.......

The lobby has a welcome are for street agents. Same as Oregon's new digs.

August 2, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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The lobby has a welcome area for street agents. Same as Oregon's new digs.

FIFM

August 2, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Aubie's secret isn't really a secret. They import comely coeds from Georgia.

August 2, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I like this. Give the guys an incentive to live on campus.

And it also gives the coaches a better handle on where they are, what they're doing, who is hanging around with them, etc. Lots of good things.

August 2, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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And it also gives the coaches a better handle on where they are, what they're doing, who is hanging around with them, etc. Lots of good things.

Yes I agree.

August 2, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

FIFM

Shows you how good my "preafrooding" skills are. Took me four times to find you fix.

August 2, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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And it also gives the coaches a better handle on where they are, what they're doing, who is hanging around with them, etc. Lots of good things.

That ought to scare some recruits off right there.

However, it should win mom and dad over.

August 2, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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That ought to scare some recruits off right there.However, it should win mom and dad over.

My oldest starts his first year this fall, and will be in the dorm.

Lots of plusses to it IMO, no parking issues like commuters have, close to the dining hall so easy to use food plan card, close to classes/labs/library so less excuse to skip (well, at least a little less excuse), sorta forces you to meet people and make friends on campus instead of off campus, not terribly expensive - but expensive enough.

August 2, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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My oldest starts his first year this fall, and will be in the dorm. Lots of plusses to it IMO, no parking issues like commuters have, close to the dining hall so easy to use food plan card, close to classes/labs/library so less excuse to skip (well, at least a little less excuse), sorta forces you to meet people and make friends on campus instead of off campus, not terribly expensive - but expensive enough.

I couldn't even get my daughter moved into the dorm before I was getting all-out blitzed for an off-campus apartment. The blitz came from my daughter, her roomate and the moms.

I held out for as long as I could now, 5 years later, I'm supporting 2 complete households.

August 2, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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I couldn't even get my daughter moved into the dorm before I was getting all-out blitzed for an off-campus apartment. The blitz came from my daughter, her roomate and the moms.I held out for as long as I could now, 5 years later, I'm supporting 2 complete households.

LOL! The mom's, too? sheesh

I expect the same next fall, or at least a push for the on-campus apartments at UTD. We'll see what happens.

August 2, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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LOL! The mom's, too? sheeshI expect the same next fall, or at least a push for the on-campus apartments at UTD. We'll see what happens.

Just don't steal from your 401K! They can rob the present but don't let them rob your future!

August 2, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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And it also gives the coaches a better handle on where they are, what they're doing, who is hanging around with them, etc. Lots of good things.

Very true, in the past the players were scattered about campus and off-campus, this will help the team stay together during downtime and the dorms are close to the athletic complex and the coolest part is they overlook the baseball field so they will be able to see all the Auburn baseball games from their porch.

August 2, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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forces you to meet people and make friends on campus instead of off campus,

When my youngest went to college, the first year she lived off campus....transferred up to MSST and insisted on living in a dorm for the first year. Said living off campus the first time was a big mistake as she didn't feel she was part of the "college experience" and didn't meet any new friends, just hung around with the ones she already knew (of course the first college was Southern Miss which is about 45 miles away so it was like the next level HS)

August 2, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Just don't steal from your 401K! They can rob the present but don't let them rob your future!

+1000


Gonna have my mortgage paid off next year, so that cash flow will go straight on over to tuition, and already have savings plus some to handle the interim from now til then. No interruption to the 401k feed. <crosses fingers>

August 2, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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When my youngest went to college, the first year she lived off campus....transferred up to MSST and insisted on living in a dorm for the first year. Said living off campus the first time was a big mistake as she didn't feel she was part of the "college experience" and didn't meet any new friends, just hung around with the ones she already knew (of course the first college was Southern Miss which is about 45 miles away so it was like the next level HS)

Exactly -- one of the reasons why he didn't even consider UH, or Rice, or any local schools, no offense meant to them. Wanted the away-from-home, on-campus arrangement and I'm OK with that.

 
August 2, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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Gonna have my mortgage paid off next year

I'm a little jealous, GR.

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