I won’t pretend to know the world of track & XC college coaching, but to know we hired an assistant from the previous unsuccessful HC is a letdown. As an ex-cross country runner, I am happy to see a distance guy get the nod again - just wish it was someone with a bit more top level experience.
... commitment to the program.
I know the Stanford coach was interviewed.
... I would expect the job would be attractive to a rising talent. Other than cost of living considerations (which prompted Bobby Clarke to leave Stanford for ND), I don't know why a T&F coach would leave Stanford for ND. The Stanford T&F pipeline is excellent, although the competition for championships is stiff with Oregon and USC in the conference.
... so they're either idiots, or just not committed to the program. To think that someone would uproot family from a track/XC power in Stanford w/ great weather and move to balmy South Bend for a BS comp package - is laughable and shows either a complete lack of self awareness (arrogance) or commitment to the program.
That being said, I still donated to the Track fund - cause like almost every other ND alum/sucker out there, hope is external.
Was "external" a typo? I liked the idea a lot -- could be used in many circumstances, and of course it's possible to see how it applies to the situation ND finds itself in. Maybe better to stay with "eternal," but "external" is also appealing.