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Subject: RE: Patriot League Indoor 2012
Oh, man. Man. I'm afraid you're likely to be exactly right in your analysis.
I'm "outside" the PL, but I follow its schools with interest--I have friends/colleagues/former students coaching in the conference. And you're right, this can't be a *good* thing for the PL track teams.
[Yeah, I know everybody speculates about bringing in speedy/big guys with football scholarships, then having them do sprints/throws. Not that likely--fb coaches nowadays tend to prevent their scholarship guys from doing t&f (which I know is nuts, but tell *them* that).]
Do Patriot teams engage in a lot of dual/tri/quad meets? Or do they mostly do the dreary "no scoring until conference" routine? (I know that Army/Navy do scored meets, but they're in no danger of dropping t&f anyway--I'm asking about the league's "civilian" teams.) To my mind the lack of scoring meets has been a *major* factor in the dropping of men's track teams in recent years...
Also, any projections for the women's meet? You don't have to bother to post "who cares?"--I kind of do!--and has someone who *does* care done a virtual scoring, based on the performance lists?[/quote]
This could be good though too. Hopefully the disparity in football talent causes all the PL schools to strip the track programs of any support making it a level playing field. Although Navy, Army and American are never going to have to deal with that stuff. But Bucknell through Holy Cross would be more even. I know a lot of the schools at the bottom of the patriot league dont have much to offer recruits. I know of one school not naming names that has literally nothing. (No scholarships, no loan, no work study, no financial aid academic slots, and also no academic slots for people paying the full admission) So they just basically have walk ons. Maybe I'm just looking for the silver lining.
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