Dang. One assumed Texas football coach Tom Herman hated the Longhorns’ old lockers enough to destroy them with a sledgehammer. But once you get a load of what he replaced them with, you’ll feel bad for those old wooden boxes.
On Friday, director of high school relations (and Jordan/Jaxon progenitor) Bob Shipley tweeted a short video of the team’s new lockers, and they are INTENSE. We are talking “bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise” intense. We are talking “George Jetson would not have been able to afford these on his salary” intense.
— Bob Shipley (@RobertShipley2) April 14, 2017
UT followed up with their own sneak peeks.
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 14, 2017
As Shipley explained in the tweet, each locker has a 43-inch monitor display instead of a name plate. The screen flashes the name and position of the player in question, as well as some sick promo photos and video clips. The way the uniform sits behind a glass window is very “Robin costume in the Batcave,” and those metallic cabinets would put many a smart refrigerator to shame.
Herman has talked about his desire to upgrade the team’s facilities from the get-go. In February, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said that locker room renovations should be complete by June, and 126 new lockers are expected.
Reaction on social media has been … mixed.
UT's new lockers are absolutely gorgeous. https://t.co/B1Qa8a5uMI
— Ryan Reynolds (@RPRTalks) April 14, 2017
— Sean Feist (@native_astro) April 14, 2017
Don't let these absurd lockers distract you from the fact that Texas lost a football game to Kansas. https://t.co/17bjmW3qbX
— Ross JensBOO! 👻🇺🇲 (@rdjensby) April 14, 2017
Imagine the amount of good could be done with all the money that's wasted on the unnecessary locker room extravagance across CFB.
— Jeff Russell (@jeffrussellmr59) April 14, 2017
Darrell Royal is rolling over in his grave! 😀
— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) April 14, 2017
If you asked yourself, “Does NBC’s Chuck Todd have an opinion on these lockers?” then you finally have an answer.
When you have so much money rolling in your program and you don't have to pay your players, you can do this. https://t.co/tYb7hccYOM
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 14, 2017
As the Hookem.com’s Brian Davis put it, Herman wanted to “redesign the locker room from top to bottom, essentially bringing it into the 21st century.” Looks like he overshot by a century or two.
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