The Great Plains Athletic Conference has adopted a ten game conference football schedule for the upcoming season. Several GPAC members were only going to have nine league games after Dana College in Nebraska announced it was closing its doors but commissioner Corey Westra led an effort to rework the schedule to make sure all the teams had ten games.
Westra says it seems like a simple thing to add back a game, but he says so many teams have games set because of homecoming, so it becomes a jigsaw puzzle. He says they tried to avoid giving long stretches of games on the road or at home so that it works out that each team will have just two road games in a row.
Westra says the coaches were helpful and it looks like they are ready to move forward. Westra says they wanted to avoid a team playing three consecutive road games and also wanted to ensure five home games for all of the teams. He says that was not negotiable, there had to be five home games and five away.
With 11 football playing schools remaining the changes will end up with a round robin with everyone playing each other.