CEDAR RAPIDS — The pulse is weakening. The family has been called into the room.
But according to Randy Krejci, the Mississippi Valley Conference is not yet ready to pull the plug on competing as a football conference.
“I don’t think it’s a futile (battle),” Krejci said in the wake of Thursday’s news that the Mississippi Athletic Conference principals and athletics directors announced their position to “move forward with the district football concept.”
Krejci said there “are enough alternatives instead of disbanding the MVC and the MAC.”
In 2011, the west side of the state moved to district football while the east side maintained its conference concept — 14 schools in the MVC and 10 from the MAC.
Earlier this week, three east-side parochial schools — Cedar Rapids Xavier and Dubuque Wahlert from the MVC and Davenport Assumption from the MAC — announced their desire to play at their enrollment level, which is 3A.
That leaves 21 schools, nine of which are under the MAC umbrella that jointly advocated that it’s time to move on.
“In light of the decision by three schools in Eastern Iowa to participate in football at their enrollment level, the Mississippi Athletic Conference believes the district football concept is inevitable,” said the MAC letter, sent to The Gazette on Thursday by Pleasant Valley AD D’Anne Kroemer.
Realizing not all conference schools agree, it is the position of (the MAC) to move forward with the district football concept. (The MAC) looks forward to the new opportunities that are on the horizon.”
Krejci said that a meeting has been called for Jan. 7 at Cedar Rapids Washington. The meeting will involve principals and ADs from the remaining 12 MVC football schools.
“We’re going to do more talking and continuing investigation to see if we could function as a (football conference) of two divisions with six teams each. This meeting has been cleared by the (Iowa High School Athletic Association).”
Krejci acknowledged that it will be an uphill battle to ward off district football, but the meeting “leaves the door slightly ajar.”
District football in all of 4A seemed even more likely late Thursday night with the news Council Bluffs Lewis Central has decided to move up from Class 3A. That means there are 46 schools committed to play 4A football next season.
The IHSAA theoretically could put 23 on each side of the state, meaning districts of six, six, six and five schools each.
The entire release from MAC officials is below:
The Mississippi Athletic Conference was notified by (Davenport Assumption) of their desire to play football at their enrollment level for the 2014 season. We respect their decision to play football at their enrollment level and Assumption will remain a member of the Mississippi Athletic Conference in all other sanctioned sports.
The Mississippi Athletic Conference and the Mississippi Valley Conference had a joint meeting in December. The discussion was facilitated by the IHSAA and included a variety of scheduling options including district football. In light of the decision by three schools in Eastern Iowa to participate in football at their enrollment level, the Mississippi Athletic Conference believes the district football concept is inevitable.
Realizing not all conference schools agree, it is the position of the Mississippi Athletic Conference to move forward with the district football concept.
The Mississippi Athletic Conference looks forward to the new opportunities that are on the horizon.
The Mississippi Athletic Conference Principals and Athletic Directors