Those comments were echoed last week by head coach Mike Leach in an interview with Dave Mahler on KJR Radio in Seattle. Mahler sounded incredulous at the idea. To which Leach noted that if he didn't want to take his word for it, consider that Tom Lemming, the national recruiting guru based in Chicago, toured the nearly-complete edifice a few days earlier and deemed the locker and weight rooms as big and well-appointed as they come.
But for the Mother of All Endorsements, consider the words of Dan Harmon, a principal with Hoffman Construction, which built both WSU's FOB and Oregon's.
"This is going to be every bit as good (as Oregon's). There won't be imported chairs from Italy, but it's top of the line and everything in it is top of the line," Harmon told WSU trustees last fall.
Adding to the glow is the fact the five-story, state-of-the-art brick structure is going to be completed on budget, at $61 million. WSU's debt service on the portion of the project financed by bonds is about $7 million annually.
In addition to the benefits the FOB will bring to the daily operation of the program and to recruiting efforts, there's an unseen upshot.
Since the building effectively walls off the west end of the stadium, about 15 decibels of sound will be added when Cougar fans are amped up on game days, according to Harmon. The premium seating and press box project that was completed in 2012 added about 12 decibels.
THE FOB FLOOR-BY-FLOOR:
First: A state-of-the-art locker room with a country club feel and a half-dozen TVs; rooms for equipment, storage, laundry, interviews and studying.
Second: An 11,000-square-foot weight room, a nutrition bar, and offices for the strength and conditioning coaches.
Third: A Cougar football hall of fame, trophy room and memorabilia center that will be open to the public; this floor will be connected to the CUB via a walkway.
Fourth: Meeting rooms, including a 160-seat auditorium; and a dining hall for all WSU athletes. The dining area will be used to welcome former Coug lettermen in all sports on football game days.
Fifth: Coaches offices, conference rooms, offensive and defensive staff rooms, football operations staff offices and more.
OTHER NOTABLES ABOUT THE NEW FOB:
THE FOB AS OF MAY 6.