What makes you feel that you need a personalized explanation from the coaching staff? I am sure that if you had any association with Duke or the team that you would of had a thorough explanation just as the runners received. Since you are not, why does the coach or any of his staff have to justify their reasoning to someone who sits behind a computer to hide their opinion?
Because that is the correct way to run a sports team. This team is acting like some private club that has no outside interests at all. The team does not belong to the coach and the coach is accountable. Football and Basketball teams at premier universities do not operate in this fashion and neither should XC.
If you can't understand that you probably shouldn't comment on this thread.