Herman: PSAC title contest in jeopardy
Saturday’s PSAC football championship game, which was brought back three years ago, may be in jeopardy in the future.
The title contest’s fate could be decided if twice-beaten Mercyhurst loses at home to once-beaten Bloomsburg and isn’t among the six teams to make the NCAA Division II playoffs which start next Saturday.
With three losses, Mercyhurst could slip behind teams with one or two defeats.
Mercyhurst is fourth in the decisive Super One Regional rankings ahead of once-beaten California and twice-beaten Shaw and behind unbeaten Shepherd and Bloomsburg and Kutztown, who both have one loss.
The PSAC coaches were against the title game because they were concerned that the loser could be knocked out of the post-season picture.
West Chester and California made the playoffs despite losing in the previous PSAC finals.
West Chester had three defeats in 2008, including two to California as did the Vulcans in 2009 after opening the season with setbacks to Saginaw Valley State and Bloomsburg before bowing to Shippensburg in the title game.
The Vulcans rebounded from the PSAC championship defeat with three wins before losing in the semifinals.
PSAC commissioner Steve Murray favors the championship game, but he understands the coaches’ concerns and could see the contest terminated if the loser gets overlooked in the playoffs.
“We could have something happen here and someone gets knocked out and suddenly the game is over,” he said at the PSAC championship press conference earlier in the week.
â¢ Incidentally, the No. 8 team in the Super Regional One rankings is Concord, coached for the second year by former California University offensive coordinator Mike Kellar.
The Mountain Lions are 8-2 going into Saturday’s regular season finale against defending West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference champion West Liberty.
It’s Concord’s first eight-win season since 1991.
Concord is riding a four-game winning streak after dropping a 49-35 decision at Shepherd.
Concord’s other loss was 20-13 to West Virginia Wesleyan, which is seventh in the region rankings.
Sophomore quarterback Zack Grossi, who went from Cal to Concord with Kellar, is the conference’s No. 2 passer with a 285 yard average and 26 touchdown passes.
Kellar’s two-year record at Concord is 14-7. Not bad for a school which didn’t win a game in 2008 and only one in 2007.
Speaking of former California football coaches, Kevin Donley is having another banner season at the University of Saint Francis in Indiana.
Ranked tenth in the NAIA, the Cougars were 8-0 until losing at No. 3 St. Xavier, 30-6, Saturday.
â¢ Want to meet this year’s California University’s men and basketball teams?
The opportunity will be there tonight at Hamer Hall when the Vulcans hold a fan appreciation night at seven p.m.
The doors will open a half-hour early with the first 100 fans receiving free t-shirts.
Various competitions will be held with raffles and prizes for fans.
The Cal men will open the season Monday at home against Penn State-Fayette with the Cal women starting a week from Friday in the two-day Minnesota-Mankato Maverick Classic tournament.
â¢ And thanks to Clayton Chacko of Charleroi, who says life is like a game of tennis; the one who serves seldom loses!