Coaching for Free in the NCAA wrote:
We tried to recruit Japanese preps but they are used to living in a civilized
country free to be out and about walking around on campus and in town 24 hours and day 7 days a week
Fast college age Kenyans are going to Japan, where they are stars running on national TV in ekiden season, and can run for corporate teams and get paid an actual salary, after graduation.
dude what wrote:
What's to stop American college kids from running 13:20-13:50?
UTEP is pretty much 800 and milers. They run XC and excel (for the most part) because they're that good. Kenyans running 13:20 and college eligible age would just go pro
uh, ever hear of UTEP. wrote:
Uh, ever hear of UTEP.
The TOEFL, SATs, US Embassy, Common App, and many other things you've never heard of!
Just wow... wrote:
Seems like a simple strategy to crush everyone else at XC. Are there any rules against such an approach? Is it cost prohibitive? Are there too few scholarships to allow it to work? Is XC just too irrelevant in collegiate sports to make it worthwhile? It looks like Alabama was trying something like that. My thought is that most schools would not go this approach simply because it would take the joy and challenge of coaching and developing kids to the get to next level out of the equation, but that may be a bit naive. I certainly don't think guys like Mark Wetmore or Chris Fox would want to just inherit a bunch of 13:30 Kenyans.
There is no evidence that being given opportunities makes someone lazy, no matter how much you'd like to believe it.
Diamonds and chainz2 wrote:
A lot of Kenyans are a flash in the pan. They can go from a 1330 guy to an also ran at NCAAs pretty easily. A lot do not adapt well to the lifestyle change. Plus many are just happy to escape poverty and get a free ride, so they start drinking all the time and not taking training seriously anymore. A lot can not replicate performances living away from altitude. Look at the Olympic silver medallist in marathon, now being dusted by the top Americans after being given a free pass into the US and lifestyle opportunity he's never seen before. When you have nothing, you are desperate and will do anything. When you are given things, you will not be as hard working or appreciate the little things as much. It can be a big difference.