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  1. You are correct. The world has changed. Just ask Urban Meyer and DJ Durkin.
  2. Good points. Agree with everything you noted. Its all about choice at the administrative level. Similar to the instances we have read about here where admins have overturned parent requests for high school football in many small town Indiana school districts/corporations. We have discussed the numbers issues with regards to Caston, Frontier, Wood, Noll, and South Central openly on this forum. I have no doubt many others are struggling now with the same numbers issues as the season is ready to kickoff, and we will be hearing about those issues soon here on The GID. I anticipate more cancellations and more schools experiencing difficulties as the season progresses. I was listening to Dan Bernstien on 670 ScoreAM Chicago yesterday and they mentioned that many Illinois high schools are starting to consolidate teams as a tactic to offset the numbers decline. I can see how that could work in Chicago where you have many schools in close proximity. In rural Indiana, that won't work due to the logistics and expense involved, plus the appetite is just not there to go the extra mile to save some of these programs, in my view.
  3. In this particular case, soccer was specifically mentioned in the news article as having a negative impact on football numbers I believe The Region in Northwest Indiana might be feeling the impact of socio economic and ethnicity factors relative to football numbers more than any other area of the state The population is quickly turning over ethnically and this has significant impact on extra curricular choices and options for student athletes. Hispanic, black, Asian. European and Middle Eastern residents are quickly filling up previously white majority neighborhoods and towns throughout the area. Soccer as a world sport stands to benefit most, while American tackle football will see the largest negative impact, which is exactly what we are witnessing currently.
  4. You can't be that naive But then again....
  5. He did not challenge my comment.
  6. Very interesting story, and sheds a lot of light and insight into CG athletics. It sounds like the administration is becoming increasingly uncomfortable with what CG athletics "must do" to compete in The MIC. The athletic culture has grown "toxic." With Moore gone after this season, that will make the eventual move to The HCC all that much easier and expeditious.
  7. Sounds like the school would be better off without the burden of financing a football program.
  8. So that's really a total of 17 days, which I am sure many staffs are taking full advantage of. All of the additional contact (text/email, etc) is not even included in that number. That's over 3 weeks of summer vacation taken up by "mandatory" practice. That's basically what it is. If you want to play, you participate in the summer program.
  9. I will stick with my prediction that we will be around 280 schools playing football in Indiana within 5 years. That will be a good downsizing , the schools who cannot compete will be gone, and the competitive environment will be improved Its not a bad thing to remove the burden of a faltering football program if that indeed is the right thing to do.
  10. In case you havent noticed, football is trending down. It's a permanent trend. Investment and time commitment declines should be commensurate.
  11. When you spread it out over 5 to 8 weeks, it sounds like a much bigger time commitment. These kids never get a chance to get away from their coaches. Consolidate it down to one full continuous week, culminating with 7 on 7 events, etc. In spring practice states, they consolidate their offseason practices. Why not do the same here?
  12. Why not contract from 12 days down to 5, or one full continuous week?
  13. Are we counting on girls to save high school football in rural Indiana?
  14. I would imagine Richmond would like to get in this conference.
  15. http://www.collegesimply.com/k12/school/frontier-jr-sr-high-school-chalmers-in-47929/ Figure 50/50 M-F split, which is normal.