De Soto Chamber annual dinner Saturday
Many local college football fans will have an opinion about the speaker at this year's De Soto Chamber of Commerce annual dinner before they hear him talk Saturday.
The views pro or con will depend on the fans' feelings of the NCAA's Bowl Championship Series, which the speaker, Bill Hancock, directs. The dinner will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at De Soto VFW Post 6654.
The Bowl Championship Series slots teams into college football's most prestigious bowls and picks two teams each year to square off for the BCS championship. The system works in lieu of a true playoff system many would like to see.
"He's been in the headlines a lot lately," said De Soto Chamber executive director Sara Ritter. "He's been on ESPN and others networks. It should be really topical."
There will be more to the speech than sports, Ritter said.
The chamber was able to book Hancock through his connection with chamber member Bill Severn. The two men are authors, and met when Hancock was promoting his book "Riding the Blue Moth." The book relates a cross country bicycle trip Hancock took after the death of his son, who like his father was a sports administrator, died in a plane crash that killed 10 members of the Oklahoma State University basketball team and support staff. The Blue Moth of the title refers to the depression he experienced concerning his son's death.
The meeting will also feature entertainment from Kansas City improv comedian Brad Meehan. Ritter said he would be accompanied by an as-yet named comedian.
The chamber will also award the its member, ambassador and extra-mile member of the year awards at the dinner.