sad fall wrote:
There are plenty of strong distance teams that are at a worse school for running than Houston. Magness with his name, reputation, and his knowledge of training should have been able to attract recruits that even Burrell would be comfortable giving big scholarships to. But he couldn't. This leads me to believe he was either a lazy recruiter, or a crappy recruiter, or both. People don't like know-it-all types and that's how Magness comes off.
Right, I alluded to similar in an earlier post. Magness seems like the type who has no patience for workplace politics, a personality that would chafes with etiquette and magnanimity. Which is probably why he chose this profession, yet there are still certainly politics to play in an athletic department and on a coaching staff.
However, no strong distance teams at worse schools for running than UofH come to mind. At the very least, Southern, urban schools like Miami, TAMU, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech all offer better academics so most recruits aren't going to pick UofH if they're also getting recruited by those schools. Mark Wetmore had zero chance to build a program like CU at Seton Hall, either. Put him as head T&F coach at Cougar High and you'd see no better results than Magness got.