The Moore American

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August 14, 2013

Out with the old Mid-State, in with the new COAC

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MOORE —

Hall said the reason he was given on why MWC was not asked to be in the COAC is because officials wanted "like minded" schools.

"All I heard is they wanted to be with like minded people or like minded schools," Hall said. "I think the interpretation is in the beholder. I don't really know what it means. But it depends on who you talk to on what opinion you get on something like that."

The COAC will use the 2013-14 school year to elect officers, enact bylaws and schedule for the 2014-15 school year. The 12 schools will continue to include out-of-conference games on their team’s schedule.

While the new conference has created a buzz, in certain sports it will not have much of an effect. That includes football and baseball, where the schedule and postseason are dictated by districts teams are in.

"For baseball we just implemented district play the last two seasons," Westmoore coach Jared Foreman said. "Which means district games take up 16 of our 22 none tournament games. The baseball coaches might be interested in playing a conference tournament at the end of season instead of trying to play everybody during the course of regular season. This would be a very competitive tournament that I think would be very competitive and in some years it might be more difficult to win than the state tournament with the teams involve. Anything that better prepares my program for competing in the state tournament I am in support of."

Sports like basketball, track and cross country will see the most dramatic changes in how they schedule games an who they will compete against in the postseason.

The COAC list six key benefits for forming the conference. They include consistency in scheduling, expansion of student athlete and coach recognition, shared commitment in hosting athletic events and a unified voice to OSSAA for conference's interests.

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