A valid point made by "unadilla." It's not easy to recruit top-notch athletes to a military school, much less a small state-funded one that runs a rigorous program like the Ratline. Its even harder in some cases to get those athletes that do commit and do matriculate to stick with it. You've got a lot of conflicting pulls at VMI- not just studies an partying (certainly not that) but also military obligations, academics, and little sleep.
People quit running for various reasons; we all know that a lot of runners get to college and realize they aren't as committed to running as they were in high school. This happens even more when you've got a busy schedule and you feel completely exhausted all the time. Keeping up with VMI life and being a Division I athlete is not anything to shrug your shoulders at. That some people quit under Spangler should not reflect only on him. One must consider the environmental factors. In the end, they made the choice.
Spangler did a lot for the program at VMI, and he'll be sorely missed there I'm sure. In the meantime, he has a bright future at Florida. With his passion and talents combined with the resources in Gainesville, he'll likely take the distance program to new heights. I wish him the best.