She absolutely got cut for not being an SEC/high NCAA level athlete. Yes, she may get much better in college but obviously BAS saw that the investment was not worth it. She has run 61.37 and 14.51 this year. 13.97 is the 25th fastest time in the SEC. She would have the 20th fastest 400m H time.
That is hardly worthy of a full scholarship and the assistants at UT feel confident enough that this young lady would not be likely to impact in the SEC. End of story.
It doesn't matter what I think nor does it matter what you think. Will Morgan Harvey be able to run 55-56 and score high points at the SEC meet in the future? Maybe, but the coaches at UT sure weren't willing to put their jobs on the line to bet in favor of her.
You say she was recruited by BAS at Penn State. Fine. That was at Penn State. In case you have not noticed, the SEC is pretty darn competitive. Tennessee (and the SEC) is definitely a more high pressure job than Penn State (and the Big 10). She probably could have taken the risk at Penn State and been fine. I honestly do not know her thinking but after seeing her times, I would say she MAY be good enough someday at 400mH but not the 100mH in the SEC. That means that indoors there is no great event for her.
It is not the young lady that I have an issue with. It is likely her parents that are posting here. If it were my kid then I most definitely would not sit quietly. I would tell my son or daughter that the situation sucks, I would tell my son/daughter to visit the AD and let them know the situation. Then I would tell my son/daughter to figure out the next step and to make UT pay by running so fast that BAS regrets her decision to cut her. In other words, I would teach my son/daughter and put it in their hands.
Right now, I would assume that BAS does not regret anything. The 4 year headache of dealing with Morgan's parents would not be worth the 6th-8th place points she would bring UT in her Junior and Senior years.
I am sorry if the truth hurts. College track is elitist and brutal at the highest level. Morgan Harvey chose to go into THE most brutal conference and it didn't work out.
I would never send my children to compete in the SEC unless it was to Vanderbilt. Way too cut throat but that is why they get paid, why the facilities are usually great (although at UT they are not that great for track) and why the teams are so good. JJ found out what happens when your team is not good many years in a row. I'm sure he liked the paycheck but not getting fired for poor performance. Think how he feels as the most accomplished women's middle distance coach in the country.