Certainly, a lot of talk this week on the red turf of Roos Stadium at Eastern Washington. Here’s the Cliff’s notes version of my crack research:
- The red turf has no affect on the players and coaches at field level, that coming from Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb, EWU head coach Beau Baldwin himself and a sportswriter from Cape Girardeau, Mo., who covered the Southeast Missouri State game at EWU last Saturday.
- It does have an affect on the eyes watching videotape that is shot at press box level. Bison defensive end Coulter Boyer said it’s difficult with the red jerseys, red pants on the red field.Â The best quote came from Lamb:Â â€œThe video is really scary because itâ€™s hard to see the players. But itâ€™s not like that from field level.â€
- There is no NCAA rule regarding color of turf nor is there any NCAA involvement, to date anyway, of mandating color of turf.
- The main purpose from EWU’s angle was to create some notoriety and to hang its hat on something and it has certainly done that. Baldwin compares his home field nuance to that of NDSU and the Fargodome, saying not many teams see the inside of a dome.
- The surface is Sprinturf, the same as the new NDSU practice field at old Dacotah Field.
- There is no camouflage effect with the red uniforms on the red turf. The only way that would happen, Baldwin said, is if the school constructed a 10-foot red wall around the field.