tse wrote:Cutting 6 athletes before they could prove themselves doesn't give BAS any tangible benefit. It also is difficult to justify, especially from your criteria of "proving yourself" or "underperforming".
I would speculate that BAS has a plan to redistribute scholarships in a way that she thinks will get her more points against other schools - by giving scholarships to throwers or jumpers instead of hurdlers and sprinters for example. That's probably the "vision" she has - it's a theory on how to score more points against other SEC schools.
By letting the 3 scholarship athletes start at UT, BAS kept them from transferring to another SEC school - her main competitors - without sitting out a year and losing a year of eligibility - on top of this year when they won't get any coaching or training.
The benefit to BAS is to get her closer to the distribution of scholarship athletes she wants while hurting the dismissed athletes' careers to keep them from scoring points against UT for another SEC school.
It's very cold and dishonorable if you ask me. I certainly wouldn't trust her if she tried to recruit my kid. People can talk about how D1 athletics is a "business" all you want, but a coach that an athlete can't trust is a bad coach.