While North Carolina struggles through the worst drought in its history, The News & Observer reports that Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill continue to water their football fields regularly.
Make that their astroturf football fields.
Citing field hockey regulations that require colleges to saturate their fields before practices and games, officials from the colleges explained that it has been shown to reduce the incidence of player injuries.
Worth the price of admissions is this quote from Beth Bozman, the field hockey coach at Duke, who commiserates with outraged passers-by:
"I drive a hybrid, and I recycle," Bozman said. "I'm as green as anybody. I understand."
Not that the schools have any intention of changing their policies as the state runs down its 69 day supply of fresh water.
The mind absolutely boggles.
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