Lickety Split wrote:
- "Clinger" Yes ... I think "Clinger" would have left because he saw the "writing on the wall" with NAU. That said, I don't know "Clinger" because I don't pay attention to BYU athletes.
- 24 Year-olds running vs 18-Year Olds: yes, particularly when they are foreigners or LDS Mission + Redshirt athletes. They should compete in the NAIA who welcome such athletes. The only ones that should rate an age waiver are military veterans.
You seem very ignorant with regard to how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission works.
Your coach doesn't get to send you on one. You have to want to go. You have to believe in it. And you have to choose to go once you're old enough (at least 18). Once there, you have to follow strict rules, you don't have contact with your coach, you're busy working every day and you don't have time to train. Your leaders on the mission weren't part of a collusion with your college XC coach to get you faster for 2 years then to send you back. You get out of shape. Some come back around the same weight. Some come back much heavier, some actually come back lighter. But ALL come back slower. MUCH. SLOWER. If it proves to be advantageous for some, great for them! But to many it is a disadvantage, one which the letsrun message boards don't acknowledge after BYU has a fantastic performance.
Missions are not executed with advantages for NCAA athletics in mind. Many go knowing they're potentially sacrificing their athletic career. Mantz would be much faster this year had he not gone straight into a mission, taking 2 years OFF, after high school.
I guess you can try to argue that taking 2 years off and coming back out of shape, being 2 years older, is some kind of an advantage by the time your a 24/25 year old senior and your other collegiate counterparts are 22/23, but really how much of an advantage is it? And how disadvantageous is it to your 20, 21 year old freshman who haven't been training seriously since high school?
One thing is for sure though, you need to educate yourself before continuing to make baseless accusations about Eyestone and the LDS MIssion/D1 XC conspiracy. Go use Google, or lds.org, to learn about how the missions work before you comment anymore on what an unfair advantage BYU has.