Greeeeeeaaaaaat deal wrote:
Honestly if I were Joe I’d be thrilled. Administration is basically telling him to not even pretend to try to have a balanced program. Men can be all distance runners
For a distance focused team those roster limitations are rough...
He can only have 10 athletes on 20 hours in the fall; he will have a hard time finding 10 distance runners willing to be on 8 hours with no racing in the XC season. He will be effectively limited to 10 to 12 distance guys
If he is fully funded (or close to it) his best bet would be go 10 full ride distance guys. Then use the 2.6 -5 remaining scholarships (because of academic aid he can likely full ride 10 distance runners while saving bits of equivalency here and there) to focus exclusively on a an event that does not get a lot of big scholarships from other schools (high jump/pole vault/javelin). Round out any remaining roster spots with walk-on 400/800m runners from New Mexico.
It hurts to not have distance depth, leaving you no room to develop in the under classes, but you can compensate with all those full scholarships . Would not be a very good conference level track team (but is anyone going to expect him to compete for a MWC title in track?). If you do this well you could remain relevant at the conference and national level in the event areas where you do have athletes.