Originally Posted by tennisjon
You would think that at those schools it would be, but its not always the case. A friend of mine coaches D1 at a BCS school and he is part-time. The program is barely funded. If the school isn't willing to pay a coach a full-time salary, how can they expect him or her to devote a significant amount of time to recruiting? When I am talking part-time, we are talking about making less than a high school coach would make. If you don't recruit good players and don't offer scholarships (many D1 programs offer no scholarships at all), you can't be expected to be competitive.
Sports are essentially meant to generate money in that they get kids to the school that would not have ordinarily have gone. If you only partially fund a non-competitive program, you can still make out way ahead financially compared to schools that fully fund. After all, schools are a business. Sports leads to more successful students who are likely to give back to the school upon graduation.
That's gotta be a Big East non-football team...........like Providence or something. But maybe I'm wrong and you are talking about a Texas or Clemson or Ole Miss or the like.
So........not intending to put words in your mouth.........my
take-away from your post is that your message to parents and juniors is that winning isn't everything for some high-major/BCS tennis schools, coaches at these schools do not have a motivating incentive to win, therefore there is no pressure to get the best players, whether they be American or non-American.
EDIT: Just saw andfor's post. Yeah, maybe that's why I am confused!