Photo: Aggies looking to add air conditioned benches to sideline
Texas A&M already has a returing Heisman winner, arguably the best student section in all of college football, and a proven winner as a head coach, but having to face SEC opponents in triple degree heat prompts one to look for some extra hidden advantages heading into the fall.
With that in mind, Texas A&M is looking to add air conditioned benches (pictured below) to their sidelines to help keep players fresh and hydrated longer during games at Kyle Field, according to The Eagle. The benches, made by Athletic Recovery Zone, blow cold air along the back of the neck and up through grates at the bottom of the bench to help create a bubble of cool air. Sitting on the bench has been compared to walking into an air conditioning building.
The Aggies used the benches last season on a trial basis for the Florida game and were such a hit with the players that the program shelled out $5,000 to use them for the South Carolina State and Arkansas games. For those wondering, The Eagle points out that they went 2-1 in those games and had their largest winning margins of the entire season...so what better reason to bring them back?
Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, are a few more of the programs that are taking a look at using the benches as well, as well as the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
In the world of college football, anything that can give you and your guys even the slightest edge deserves to get a long hard look, so it's no surprise that programs are taking a look at these benches to rejuvenate their players coming to the sideline.