IMO this is the wrong line of thinking. Sometimes, better athletes are just better. I don't care if they train a minimal amount in terms of running xc, top notch athletes are going to excel, so they may have been more capable of scoring points for the XC team, even though they're "swimmers." You see this all the time with track/baseball in the spring, with athletes who play dual sports (at the small school level). Obviously, if they're swimmers and meets are conflicting with XC meets, then by all means, tell the coach to leave. However, if the XC meet didn't interfere with a swim meet I'd see no reason why the swimmer couldn't also run in a XC meet. You act as if the coach is responsible for the athlete choosing swimming over cross country or soccer over football, etc. There are numerous factors that go into an athlete's decision to play one sport over another. Unless I'm reading this incorrectly, in which case, I'll gladly let it go.I may have used this on someone else in a prior "argument" BUT the guys I went to school with at Lima Senior who were on the soccer team were not going to make us necessarily better on Friday nights (not that we needed their help in 96 or 97). Outside of kicker / punter it's not like the team striker or goalie was going to be the make or break running back we needed. Was, still am friends with a lot of those guys but god bless em all they didn't play football for a reason.
Now I get it, Lima Senior versus CR is apples to oranges athletically but I tire of this assumption (and it is an assumption IMO) that if we got rid of soccer we'd reach the promise land in football. Like some how hiding away on your soccer team is secretly a D1 QB or D1 free safety. In CR's case maybe there is. But then you have to ask yourself why are they CHOOSING soccer over football at that school. No one is forcing communist kickball on them. Or maybe they are? idk, don't live in the CR district.
Lastly in my professional opinion as a coach of 17 years now, if your lack of success is the result of another sport at your school then shame on you as a coach. Case in point. Couple years ago I had a XC coach who badgered me daily as to whether or not some of my female swimmers could also do XC at the same time as swimming (swimming in South Carolina is in the fall). I in so many words told him if you need my girls to score points for you at XC meets then brother we got bigger problems inside the XC program. If your team is so bad that you need athletes who swim rather than run and those athletes would be better than the athletes you see and coach every day then something else is at play in your program.
If I'm the soccer coach at CR it's not my fault the football team is bad or at any other school for that matter.
Edit: I should clarify, XC they'd be more capable of placing higher, thus scoring less points (placing the team higher). I stated they'd score more points, which in XC, much like golf, would be a worse score