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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Leaving on a jet plane

As if the Mid-Continent Conference wasn't far reaching enough, Centenary's league added IPFW, North Dakota State and South Dakota State this week.

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.


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