Though I am also critical of the way UND handled this, was there really a better way in today's world?
"Back in my day" (LOL), this never would have happened because it essentially couldn't have. The school I went to killed men's baseball while I was there.
One of my suite mates was a pitcher (in fact, he wound up the answer to the trivia question, who was the last winning pitcher for Potsdam State?). He had no idea what was going on till the team got called into a meeting. No inkling whatsoever. No leaks at all.
It's just so difficult to pull that off in today's connected world.