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  1. No. I like the 12 team, 2 division, week 9 crossover format if an 8 team conference is not possible. 9 or 11 teams isn’t easy to work with. 8 is best, 12 is good, 6 or 10 are ok. Less than 6 isn’t worth having a conference. I posted my hypothetical new HCC in one of DT’s other topics. So let’s adapt that here. Mid-State East: Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Franklin, Greenwood, Perry Meridian, Whiteland Mid-State West: Decatur Central, Martinsville, Mooresville, Plainfield, TH North, TH South HCC North: Carmel, Fishers, HSE, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville HCC South: Avon, Brownsburg, Center Grove, Columbus North, Franklin Central, Southport MIC: Ben Davis, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central, Pike, Warren Central NCC: Harrison, Kokomo, Lafayette Jeff, Logansport, McCutcheon, West Lafayette *New* East Central Conference: Anderson, Delta, Jay County, Marion, Mississinewa, Muncie Central, Richmond, Yorktown
  2. I think Mt. Carmel leaving the Big 8 was in their best interest anyway, and it will lead to a better grouping of schools in the remaining conferences. Mt. Carmel would have honestly been a better fit in the Pocket than the Big 8.
  3. You are correct that my suggestion of a 12 team HCC will absolutely never happen. It is far too easy to keep things the way they are (the dream of most AD’s) and that is fine. I think the issues you mentioned could easily be resolved. 1. Don’t schedule non-conference games against teams from the other division. If you do, don’t schedule teams that are in your sectional or regional. 2. Crossover games do not have to be a mess. Just have all the teams in the north division host them one year, then all the south division teams host the next year. AD’s would know before the season starts if they are hosting a week 9 game, so they could schedule officials and workers well in advance. Just like any other game that rotates between home and away each year. The only difference is that you wouldn’t know the opponent until all the division games have been played. Much easier than a sectional game or a game further into the tournament. 3. No need to use week 10. Leave it as a bye week for the 6A teams. It would also be impossible to use in the event that a conference member is in 5A and has a tournament game that week.
  4. Take it a step further. 12 team HCC with north and south divisions. Play the 5 in your division plus a week 9 crossover game for conference placing. CG and Carmel moving out of the MIC would also make the MIC a 6 team conference. That leaves 3 weeks open to schedule non-conference games for all 18 teams in the HCC and MIC, which gives them an opportunity to keep some existing rivalries (CG-Warren, Carmel-Warren, Carmel-BD). HCC North Carmel, Fishers, HSE, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville HCC South Avon, Brownsburg, Center Grove, Columbus North, Franklin Central, Southport Week 9 championship and crossover games could see matchups like Carmel-Avon, CG-Fishers, Westfield-Southport, etc. I am sure during some years, Carmel-CG would be a championship game. An already established rivalry played for a conference championship to cap off the regular season.
  5. If we can count on the IHSAA for anything, it is to make exceptions to their rules for the benefit of certain members or partners.
  6. Sagarin rankings are a mathematical formula, not a poll. There are no votes cast to determine the rankings.
  7. The mid-80’s conference of Churubusco, Carroll, Leo, Woodlan, Heritage, Norwell, Southern Wells, and Adams Central. Those schools were all pretty similar at the time.
  8. They do. I talked to someone that works at SW who mentioned they had single digits for some of their summer stuff. He said they may not have enough for a team unless more showed up for practices when they officially started. I haven’t heard anything more so I was just curious if anyone knew. Too much specialization (made that mistake myself) and a lot of capable students that prefer not to play.
  9. Does SW have enough for a team this year?
  10. Wholeheartedly agree. That is the #1 reason I left coaching.
  11. I would expect us to have a 28th amendment to the Constitution before the IHSAA has a multiplier.
  12. The same guy that was at Frankfort this year? And Tri-County before that? And Taylor before that? And Greencastle before that? And Blackford before that?
  13. I understand the opposition to discussing rumors. I have no problem with discussions like “I think Coach .... would be a great hire for that job.” However, if a coach is really that concerned about their current employer finding out if they’ve applied for another job, they might want to be honest with their employer or consider whether they really want to jeopardize their current job if their employer would be upset to learn that they have applied somewhere else. If they are applying and don’t want their employer to find out, I think they have chosen to put themselves in that vulnerable position by doing so. If they apply and it gets back to their current employer, that is their own fault. They chose to apply without having the courtesy to tell their current employer that they have an interest in another position. Be honest and tell the admin where you currently work what you’re doing, and in most cases from my own experience, they will generally be supportive when a coach does what they think is best for their family and their own career. If they aren’t supportive, is that really a place a coach would want to stay? We can disagree, but in my opinion, I don’t see any reason why it would be wrong to discuss candidates if they have applied for a coaching position. If you are really that concerned about people finding out, maybe you shouldn’t apply.
  14. Since it is already publicly known that he’s leaving Evansville Central, I would think it is ok to mention that he was one of the final 3 to interview for an AD/Football HC job in the Lafayette area. Note that saying that is not a confirmation that he was the candidate selected. Don’t want to break any of those rules some here are awfully sensitive about, but I don’t think there’s anything over the line about posting that since I left out the name of the school and didn’t confirm that a hire was made prior to board approval. If he is hired, it would be very unlikely that it is a pay raise.
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