It’s not enough to draw off huge portions of university budgets over into sports. Apparently colleges are increasingly buying statues of college football stars for campus decoration.

According to an article by Matt Murschel in the Orlando Sentinel:

The latest trend in college football has nothing to do with offenses or defenses. It doesn’t involve Xs and Os, and no, it has nothing to do with conference expansion. The latest movement afoot in college football is statues.

It started with the University of Florida, which unveiled three bronze statues of its Heisman Trophy winners (Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow) during its spring game. A week later, Alabama unveiled a nine-foot statue [right] of coach Nick Saban during its A-Day game in Tuscaloosa.

Honoring football greats makes sense when the individuals have a long career of wins behind them, or they’re dead. But the new tend involves putting up states of people who are, in many cases, still hard a work.

Nick Saban is 59 years old. He’s only been at Alabama since 2007. That $4.15 million he’s expected to earn this year isn’t enough? [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer