Yes, these are flagship programs that excite people. No offense to schools that need to color their turf to try to get 10k spectators.
It hurts kalmie because there's a lot of truth to that (both the UD/Montana part as well as the coloring the turf part).
Aside from having some occasional fun with myopic UD and UM fans, I do like a mix of traditional powers and upstarts. I've long said the Big Sky is better when Montana is having success. They set the gold standard and other programs like MSU and Weber are upping their facilities game.
EWU is the obvious outlier having success despite the lack of institutional and fan support. The little train that could is a compelling story. The red turf has done nothing but help in regards to recruiting and branding. It was a stroke of genius and the hatred from other fanbases is well known and totally embraced.
The good news, it has to be replaced before the start of next season. The track will mostly likely be removed while it's being done as a part of a larger $24 million dollar capital campaign that was just approved by the BoT. I'm surprised Polson has posted about this yet as we know our history of actually breaking ground but I know for a fact that the turf is a done deal and that the BoT wouldn't have approved the rest without some large existing lead pipe lock commitments.
And yes...it will still be red.