“The person I fear most in the last two rounds is myself.’’

SIOUX CITY – It was Tom Watson who had a good grip on the above.

If you slept in you’ve still got time to tune in the back nine at Augusta, which is to many, the “be all to end all’’ 18 holes of golf.

But, a little more on that later.

  • John Beilein’s coaching resume lists 724 victories.

However, he was luckless when one of his teams played teams that featured 1985 East High graduate David Callahan.

The personable Beilein, the very best the coaching profession has to offer, was the coach at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., when his teams met Gannon University teams on which Callahan was the starting point guard.

During Callahan’s two seasons at Gannon, in Erie, Pa., his team beat Beilein five straight times. Yup, 5-for-5.

Callahan, who now works in the software industry in Atlanta, began his collegiate career at Morningside, but red-shirted, then transferred to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

After two years there he accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Gannon, which is also the alma mater of current Sioux City Bandits quarterback Liam Nadler.

Callahan was a senior at Gannon in 1990 when the Golden Knights advanced to the Elite Eight of the Division II national tournament where Morehouse prevailed. Callahan, the youngest son of former Morningside Coach Dan Callahan, tallied 11 points in his final college game.

Beilein’s Michigan team lost the Division I national title game last week to Villanova.

His coaching road to the Final Four is a long one beginning with SUNY Erie Community College, followed by stops at Nazareth Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan. He’s always been a head coach.

  • On the small college front:

A 10-school Iowa NAIA Conference, which appears feasible in some ways, in football is out of the question and a 13-school Iowa NCAA Conference would be an unruly endeavor.

In the fall of 2019 the NAIA football ranks in Iowa will gain one new varsity program with Clarke University in Dubuque joining the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Dubuque, by the way, is the most picturesque setting in Iowa to watch football. With Clarke, Loras and Dubuque University you’ve got a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover.

Clarke’s first coach will be former University of South Dakota player, graduate and graduate assistant Miguel Regalado.

Regalado played two seasons at USD for Coach John Austin. His most high profile post before taking the Clarke reins was as offensive coordinator at NAIA power Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan.

Regalado’s first recruiting class for the Clarke Pride includes Tyler Tschampel, a defensive lineman from Hinton.

The Hawkeye State now has 20 four-year football playing institutions with either NAIA or NCAA Division III affiliation.

The nine NAIA football programs include Briar Cliff and Morningside in Our Town, Dordt, Northwestern, Waldorf, St. Ambrose, William Penn, Grand View and Graceland.

The NCAA Division III Iowa Conference, as you’re aware, recently welcomed Nebraska Wesleyan into the fold.

The IIAC also includes long-standing members Buena Vista, Coe, Wartburg, Luther, Loras, Dubuque, Central, Simpson. The other NCAA Division III football schools in the Hawkeye State are Iowa Wesleyan, Grinnell and Cornell.

Former IIAC member Upper Iowa, based in one of the smallest NCAA Division II communities in the country, Fayette, moved up to Division II status a few years ago and now plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with Wayne State and several Minnesota colleges.

Morningside once advertised itself as the lone NCAA Division II school in Iowa, but now Upper Iowa wears the mantle.

  • We’ve had, no, you’ve had, outstanding fun competitive golf at the Masters for several years even when Tiger Woods was absent.

You know what, the game’s survived without Jimmy Demaret, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw and even Herbert Warren Wind and Ben Wright.

Geez, they’ve continued to play other PGA events without Woods, for one.

What makes the game dead solid perfect for anyone knowing the difference between par and birdie is there are interesting champions out there like Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and so many others.

Play through.

  • Wil Nichol, who was once passed over after interviewing for the Sioux City Musketeers head coach/general manager position, must have been over-credentialed.

Nichol, who played for the Musketeers in 1993-94 and Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a collegian, then guided the Chicago Steel (2004 Coach of the Year) in the United States Hockey League and at his alma mater.

He’s currently the director of player development for the Vegas Golden Knights, a first-year National Hockey League franchise with a zephyr-like burst onto big time ice.

Vegas, in first place in the NHL’s Pacific Division of the Western Conference, ranks third in points in the entire 31-team NHL.

Odds are, Vegas must be developing some talent.

#Make plans to attend the Sioux City Relays next weekend. Weather will be wonderful.

On the subject of track and field it must be noted that Woodbury Central grad Wil Dougherty is currently the eighth-ranked decathlete in NCAA Division I.

The University of Iowa senior from Moville finished ninth in the recent Texas Relays with 7,222 points.

The Iowa record-holder in the 10-event grind with 7,471 points established personal bests in the 100 meters (11.04) and pole vault (15-9) at Texas. He also went 6-6 in the high jump, 15.06 in the 110 high hurdles and 5:02.58 in the 1,500 meters.


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