Leaving on a jet plane
The league needed to add more schools due to the defections of Oakland and Valparaiso, which leaves the Mid-Con with just seven teams after this year. But it would have been nice if conference officials had picked a travel partner for Centenary and/or Southern Utah. Nothing against the three newbies -- I'm sure they're great schools, even though I can't name a player who performed at any of them -- but surely there were other choices out there.
Can you imagine making a road trip to Fargo, N.D. (NDSU), in January? That can't be a big recruiting tool for Rob Flaska or Steve Curtis. All three schools won't begin competing for Mid-Con titles until the 2007-08 season. With eight teams remaining this season, the Gents and Ladies are assured of a berth in the Mid-Con postseason tourney for at least one year.