Coach's Corner: Tim Crone 8/23
By Tim Crone
The Coach’s Corner is a place where several area coaches will give their views on the state of coaching at the high school level.
The yearly argument arises about this time of the year as to which side of the state line has the best football teams. It’s a difficult question to answer because the Missouri and Kansas teams rarely if ever have a chance to compete against one another.
The schedules for all of the teams are dictated by the state associations. The first part of the schedules are committed to conference games and the final three are assigned by the state associations according to geographical location and conference alignments. The only open dates for any school would be early in the season.
The Kansas schools begin a week later than the Missouri schools so that option will not generally work out. Interest is high for the Missouri and Kansas teams to compete by both the local media and the true high school football fan.
Private schools generally will have a bit more scheduling flexibility. Rockhurst and Olathe North have paired up on occasion early in the season. It is very difficult for the athletic directors and football coaches to put together the matchups. Theories abound on which state has produced the best teams. One way, in the past, to battle it out has been through the Missouri vs. Kansas All-Star game. However the game is not a true indicator of talent.
The media fans the fire by choosing a Top 10 list comprised of teams from both Missouri and Kansas. The record is not always a good indicator. A 10-0 team may play a much tougher schedule than a 9-1 team. It then becomes a debate as to which schedule is the toughest.
The best solution would be to prove it on the field which is not likely so the topic will once again become a hot topic for the 2010 season. Each side will have their own perspective but the truth is, the Kansas City area has great football programs no matter which geographic area you’re from!
Tom Watson, famous local professional golfer, had an opinion about competition, “Sometimes you have to lose major championships before you win them. It’s the price you pay for maturing. The more times you can put yourself in pressure situations - the more times you compete - the better off you are. It’s a learning experience that’s worth a fortune.”
Tim Crone is the former head football coach and activities director from Blue Springs High School.
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