It is just wrong that in California, a state with such abundant tennis talent, and tight education budgets, that an Athletic Director would allow a coach to gamble five scholarships on foreign players in the same year.
What's wrong that so few players who have local knowledge are willing to playing at this school? Why are our tax funded scholarship dollars not supporting our state?
Long Beach State and the coach deserve credit for putting together a competitive top 50 team. That takes a lot more recruiting effort than many top 20 programs have to put in each year. I'm sure the coach would be eager to offer as many Americans as could help them compete at the level they do (probably even at a level not quite as good), but the fact is too many American players won't even take an unofficial visit if it isn't a name they recognize from televised basketball and football or because of a nationally recognized top-notch academic program, e.g. the Ivies.
In a given graduation year, how many players in the US can realistically help a top 50 program? 100? The girl Long Beach State signed had reached a high of #74 and is currently #106. Will she play top 3 for them next year?
Let's just say there are 100 US players graduating this year that could help a top 50 team stay there. There are 300+ Division I teams in the country, and 120+ schools with major football programs and the scholarships/budgets that go with that. Then you have programs like Stanford, Duke, UNC, USC, Florida, Georgia, UCLA, etc who average 2 players each per year.
You can't expect a coach to just offer lesser players to keep the money in the State or even the country. Eventually, the coaches who do that lose too much, certainly don't have the opportunity to move on to another job if he/she wants to, and probably get asked to leave where they are after a certain number of losing seasons. Then you think you could maybe change the rules (if it was legal to do so) and allow only so many foreign scholarships, but if you do that, you have perennial top 25 teams that wouldn't even sniff the NCAA tournament. The large, well-known state schools and the academically elite schools in the country would dominate the sport.
It is even more of a problem in women's tennis where schools have 8 scholarships to fill six starting spots. Plus you'll get top 100 players who will walk-on to a top notch team and university rather than be a star somewhere else. That is great since they are committing to the education they want to get, but that shouldn't create space for criticizing a coach who probably puts a great deal of effort into recruiting Americans but just doesn't get her interest in players reciprocated.
Okay, rant over, but it is just not as simple as people think.