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Taking a poll or gladly accepting subjective comments... how many times have you had a coach say "if you get admitted there is a spot for you on the team" ?
Read: I can't help you but if you got in and were good enough to play then my budget doesn't take a hit, I get a player and it's a win-win for me. Ok, that's slightly cynical. My bad.
Or, is it a phrase used by coaches who won't tell a student athlete they are not good enough to play and the coach assumes that's the last they will hear from the individual.
I know a coaches recruiting process is tough and there is a story a day about the silliness that occurs but the "if you get admitted..." phrase seems to be something that almost all coaches memorize the first day they become a coach...