Just a guess, but of those maybe 10% factor in the ability to play baseball. Of that set, even less are on ISU's radar.
It matters a less than what recruits think of our fashion sense.
He stated those are rare situations.
So it happens for a few out of 45-80 recruits, yet it is not rare? Is that really "more common than you think" (your initial response to his claim).
How many two sport college athletes are there these days? Also, don't a lot of coaches discourage being a two sport athlete?
But this is all moot anyway--we just do not have the finances for a baseball program and that isn't going to change in the near or distant future. I'm more worried about keeping the offerings we have. The number of fans who don't understand the financial crunch we are in amazes me.
'Tis better to have not played at all than to have played and lost with nine fans in attendance.
I believe that the required budget for baseball (including the impact on additional women's Title IX scholarships) would be significantly more than that for the three sports you've mentioned. ISU also has a history of doing very well in track & cross country which can not be said for baseball.
It all comes down to money and bang for the buck. Baseball is a very expensive sport that few people care about (except for a very vocal minority) and few get to participate in. It was an easy target for the chopping block. Until the athletic department gets on solid ground, discussion of bringing back baseball should remain on the bench.
I stumbled upon a game at Cap Timm back in the 80s. It was an absolutely beautiful day. There were literally more players in the dugouts than there were fans in the stands.
With attendance like that, we don't need a new stadium. Just plop some bleachers down at one of the fields in the city parks and let them play.
Baseball was canceled purely due to financial issues. Title IX was not and issue. Actually, if ISU did bring back mens baseball, they still would in be compliance with Title IX as the number womens athletic scholarships available still would out number the number of schollies available for men IIRC. Title IX goes by the number of schollies available for women vis-a-vis the number of mens schollies available. Not by the actual number of sports available for participation. On the mens side, the large number of football schollies puts a big hurt on the rest of the mens sports unfortunately.
Truman State just announced they are dropping baseball - budget issues. Also phasing out funds for men's swimming, tennis, and wrestling.
Truman State University - Truman Announces Reductions In Athletic Programs