Clark Hunt Weighs In on Camp in St. Joseph

Published 07/30 2013 10:53AM

Updated 07/30 2013 11:31AM

(ST. JOSEPH) This is the fourth summer the Chiefs have held training camp at Missouri Western.

That's year number four of five-year deal with the college, and the relationship has been a good one.

"It's been a great experience for us here in St. Joseph," Chiefs CEO/Chairman Clark Hunt said. "We wanted to give the new coaching staff a chance to experience it. I will say that everything that I've heard from Andy [Reid] about being here at the university has been extremely positive."

"If you're a fan, to come out here and watch, or a player to come out here and practice, it's a great setup," head coach Andy Reid added.

Through three head coaches and a pair of general managers during camp's tenure at MWSU, a summer in St. Joe has been one of the few constants for the team.
MWSU Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin believes the new regime can see the benefits.

"We've definitely had more interaction with these people, this general manager and this coach, than we have before," he said.

The Chiefs have to hold camp in Missouri until 2019, but have the option of year-to-year contracts with MWSU after next summer. McGuffin said he may prefer another long-term agreement for the school's benefit.

"In Missouri Western's best interest, we'd probably like it like it was: having five more years that we know they're going to be here."

The team's own facility in Kansas City, the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex, has been brought up as a prime candidate to replace MWSU in 2015. The organization could have better control of how fans can watch camp without having to pick up and move, but Hunt added he likes the feel of what a campus provides.

"It's a different environment, and personally I like the team going away," he said. "Frankly, what we have at Missouri Western is as good as any training facility in the National Football League."

Bottom line: talks are in a holding pattern for now, but there are big decisions to be made.

"It's something that we'll address at the end of the year as we go into the last year of the contract next year."

"I know we have one more guaranteed year here," McGuffin said, "but, talking to Mark Donovan, we'd like to start some talks after this season just to see where both sides are coming from.

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