The old Southwest Conference is gone but not forgotten in Texas. Although its teams scattered to the Big 12, WAC, Conference USA and other conferences, the football glories of the SWC are still celebrated. (The SWC, with Texas and Houston, was also one of the dominant golf conferences in the U.S.)
In August, four coaching legends whose careers started (and in some cases ended) in the SWC will help raise money for children's medical care in Burnet and Llano counties by taking part in the Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Kid's Care-A-Van Classic.
If you guessed that Emory Bellard (Texas A&M; he also invented the wishbone while coaching at the Texas high school level) and Spike Dykes (Texas Tech) are two of the coaches, good eye! It's the second year that Bellard and Dykes have teamed up to host this tournament, which will be played at Delaware Springs in Burnet on Aug. 6. It benefits the "Care-a-Van," "a specially equipped recreational vehicle featuring exam rooms and an immunization area" according to the Marble Falls newspaper.
The day before the tournament, a "tailgate party" is held and two more coaching legends - including the biggest (in Texas, at least) of them all - will be auctioned off. Those coaches are Darrel Royal (Texas) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M).
You can read the article to learn more about the event. Or, if you already know you want to play, call 512-715-3004.