Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt open to extending Chiefs' stay in St. Joseph, North Dakota State University is the unanimous pick to repeat as Missouri Valley Football Conference champion, and Kansas State's Willie the Wildcat and the Kansas City Royals' Slugger are among the team mascots headed to Topeka boot camp.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt says he's pleased with setup of training camp at Missouri Western State University and would be in favor of extending the team's stay beyond next season.
The Chiefs are in the fourth year of a five-year deal to stage training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., about a 90-minute drive north from Arrowhead Stadium.
Many teams have eschewed going away for camp as they build gleaming new practice digs, but Hunt said he appreciates the camaraderie that is built through players living in dorms.
Hunt said it would be possible to have camp in Kansas City, but there would be hurdles to overcome. Dining facilities are limited and there's less room for fans.
Hunt said the Chiefs will evaluate their future in St. Joseph after this year.
NDSU is unanimous pick to repeat as MVFC champion
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University is the unanimous pick to repeat as Missouri Valley Football Conference champion.
The Bison got all 39 first-place votes in the preseason poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors. NDSU has won back-to-back Football Championship Subdivision titles.
NDSU is followed in the poll by South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Youngstown State.
The bottom five, in order, are Indiana State, Southern Illinois, Missouri State, Western Illinois and South Dakota.
Team mascots head to Topeka boot camp
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State's Willie the Wildcat and the Kansas City Royals' Slugger are among the team mascots spending the week training to pump up crowds.
Mascot Boot Camp runs Monday through Wednesday at Washburn University in Topeka. Other mascots participating include Washburn's Ichabod and "Mac" of the Central Hockey League's Missouri Mavericks.
The camp's leader is David Raymond, who spent more than 16 years as the Phillie Phanatic, the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies. He's now the owner of Raymond Entertainment Group and the self-styled "emperor of fun and games."
Boot camp participants will learn about costume management and care, physical demands, business management and logistics. But a Washburn University news release says the top item on the agenda is the "art of working a crowd."