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RE: Pat Casey Leaving Montana State for Oklahoma!
You are right that it would be crazy if the powers could easily scoop up talent from lesser programs, but there are big differences between scholarships for the football and basketball vs track/XC. All football and basketball scholarships are full ride. If a particular person isn't getting a full ride, that's the coach's decision but it still counts as a scholarship. Contrast that with track/xc where coaches have to split 12.6 scholarships among the entire team and you can see that a transfer in track/xc can make a big financial difference for the athlete (not paying vs paying) but for the revenue sport athlete it's financially neutral.
As for Casey and Masters "screwing" their teammates, I think you have it wrong. Neither Montana nor Maine is a powerhouse or a contender for an NCAA spot in XC or the DMR to my knowledge. They may take a few points with them come championship meets, but no team should be relying on one guy to win a meet. They will be improving their own experience much more than they will be harming that of their teammates.
I have met and competed against the Brojos. Everyone knows Rojo is a college coach and most know that their dad held an appointed position under Bush 43. Given the Republican tilt of the site, I'm surprised to see them emphasize the collective over the individual. That's a very Democratic point of view and certainly would not be shared by the current crop of presidential contenders. If everyone maximizes their own well-being without regard for others, the total collective well-being of society also is maximized. Right? Right?
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