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RE: “True” TEAM Outdoor Track & Field Championship Thoughts - D1 (though it may work for other divisions)
I have looked at it a little more. Cool idea, but...
It is odd when the 4th place team from the SEC wins the National meet, but I don't think most coaches feel that the process should change to a team format. Here are two points of contention that are hard to address:
1) Despite your solution I still think mid major coaches will feel such a system will limit their access to the initial championship rounds.
2) Many programs don't want to fill to three per event. Currently, with scholarship limits, many teams do not even field athletes in every event at conference. Your model will spread scholarships thin and emphasis depth. Big conferences have led the best teams to pursue the opposite model--full scholarships in the best athletes. This would be a drastic change for a program like Florida.
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