CALLING IT an easy decision, Clint Dolezel re-signed to coach the Soul for another two seasons.

"It's hard to beat our ownership, the facilities, the way we're treated," Dolezel said from his suburban Dallas home. "It was a no-brainer on my end."

As the Arena Football League again goes through a tempest of transition, the Soul remains one of the most stable franchises. Reupping Dolezel likely will lead to many of the team's key free agents, most notably quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, being retained.

The Soul went 9-9 last season, but lost a number of heartbreakers - including three times to Cleveland on the final plays of the games.

"We're close," Dolezel said. "I know our record last year didn't indicate it, but we're close."

The AFL franchise in Iowa left for a lower league, while another franchise returned to Las Vegas. Several other teams have uncertain ownership. On Tuesday, commissioner Jerry Kurz was moved to the newly created position of league president. The league will announce his replacement soon.

- Ed Barkowitz