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Bethany - Mon, Jun. 26, 2017
Mogenson's Musings
Today's Musings have a somber and sad feel to them as this past week, the Bethany Football Family lost one of it's own—Teddy Vopat!
Teddy's succumbed to cancer last Saturday, June 17 and was laid to rest this past Wednesday in Wichita.
Though only 37 years of age, he established many friends while an undergrad and part of Ted Kessinger's football program.
Unfortunately, we never did get to see him on the field after a stellar career at Wichita's Bishop Carroll High School. Suffering a near fatal injury in a boating accident during his freshman year with the Swede ended his playing career.
But his love of football kept him going as he joined Kessinger's staff as a student coach until his graduation in 2002.
His obituary is listed on his Facebook Page and there have been many thoughts and prayers extended to his survivors. This big "Swedish Leprechaun" will be sorely missed. He loved his Swedes and was a loyal "Golden Domer (Notre Dame fan)."
Avila Joins the KCAC
The latest addition to the conference announced a couple of weeks ago is Avila.
The Eagles are located in Missouri, but not by much—one mile east of the State Line just above Leawood, Kansas.
From the football perspective, this is a good move as it will assure Bethany and the rest of the KCAC a full schedule of 10 conference games beginning in 2018.
What it also will do is create an automatic bye week for each school in the KCAC. It is my understanding that Bethany's bye week is proposed to be the final week of next season.
It will be interesting to see if the last round of the KCAC-GPAC Challenge will be played since those games were to open the season and should it continue for a final year, those games would probably have to be played the last Saturday of August.
Looking back to 1998 and 1999, when the Swedes were in the same boat with a season ending open date, Bethany was able to schedule SAGU from Waxahachie, Texas for home and home dates.
That was able to continue for four years 2011-2014 with Bethany winning all six games played. It's doubtful that kind of luck would fall our way again, but it would be nice to play the final week of the regular season.
Who knows? Maybe Bethany will get lucky for scheduling should the Swede administration wish to try and schedule an 11thgame should the KCAC-GPAC Challenge be called off in 2018.
Anyway you look at it, Football will benefit from having Avila in the conference. And, it is only a 217 mile drive to the Eagle campus at 11901 Wornall Road, KCMO.
Now basketball will be a horse of a different color is the idea of a double-round robin is held to.
That would mean 24 conference games on Wednesday and Saturdays with room for only six non-conference dates. Not so good. Not only in my opinion, but in the eyes of coaches who want time to set their rotations before the conference season starts and have a chance to schedule games over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.
One more non-football school could allow for divisions again, double-round robin within each and a single game against the other division.
Seems like I'm just borrowing ideas from the that's the way it was in the KCAC in the late 70's and early 80's.
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