Building Troy Athletics

TROY, Ala. (AP) -- The Troy Trojans are making a $73 million investment in their athletic program that includes ambitious plans to upgrade football facilities.
Football coach Larry Blakeney says the Trojans "might have been in a position to have been a Boise State" if the improvements had come during the run of five straight Sun Belt Conference championships. The Trojans are 8-16 since then and Blakeney says aging facilities have hurt recruiting.
Troy athletic director John Hartwell says over $1 million has been raised toward a projected $28 million football facility in the North end zone.
A $40 million basketball arena opened last season. Seven-figure facility upgrades for golf, tennis and softball also are in the works.
It's a huge makeover for an athletic department that had $16.5 million in revenue in 2012.

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