Wild Duck Whisperer wrote:
Exactly. This is a product of only having 12.7 men's scholarships (max, most DI's don't have 12.7) and a very limited number of roster spots for men. You have to pick what you want to be good at and go all in on that. Sure, fast is fast...but most 800 guys can't score in the 1500 or 400, and don't add much to the 4x400 & sure don't add anything to XC. I'm not saying all...but most. Therefore most programs aren't going to put much money (or sometimes even roster spots) into it when you get so little bang for your buck. But Texas A&M has decided to and it works for them.
And we aren't really picking on 800m guys. You PV or HT are also unlikely to double.
It feels odd to have a sport where a lot of schools don't try(all the distance schools that do XC) and even the track schools can't really cover sprints, jumps, distance and throws. At the high level schools need to be very selective .
It would be interesting to know oregon's side. I have assume it was along the lines of we loved his 148 and his xc times suggested he might have mile range, but we could only offer a half scholarship and that wasn't enough...