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RE: Pat Casey Leaving Montana State for Oklahoma!
I can't comment on Casey, but in Riley' case he appears to have legitimate reasons for leaving Maine and his coach. Being involved in the track world in Maine, I can tell you that the coach there doesn't recruit. They have/had a sub 4:00 miler and they brought in zero distance recruits this past fall?!?! I know the year before they brought in a number of the top Maine high schoolers for the first time in years, but word is that all of that recruiting was done by an assistant distance coach who got fed up and left. There is a high school kid from a small Maine town who was a Footlocker all-american (first Mainer since Ben True)and it doesn't appear that UMaine even contacted him.
It's also worth noting that UMaine actually had one of their better cross teams in quite awhile (a good showing at their conference meet, I think only a few points out of first?) but then the coach only took Riley to NCAA regionals. I've got to think it finally reached a breaking point with the guy. It's got to be tough going to big meets alone and seeing other programs that are actually teams with a number of guys racing together and supporting each other.
I don't think he's abandoning teammates, as a number of them have left the program in the past year as well, and I believe he was promised a release at anytime he wanted one.
There's always more to any story than you hear, and there might be more to this one too, but I do know not all is well at UMaine for cross and track.
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