Suburban Christian Conference principals will meet on May 8 to discuss the future of their league, which will look vastly different in the 2014-15 school year.
Seven members of the 12-school conference have accepted invitations from the Metro Suburban Conference to join that league in two years. Marian Central, the lone area school in the SCC, will be one of six schools to remain.
Along with Marian, Aurora Christian, Montini, St. Francis, Marmion (boys only) and Rosary (girls only) will stay in the SCC.
The other seven SCC members – Aurora Central Catholic, Chicago Christian, Guerin, Immaculate Conception, St. Edward, Walther Lutheran and Wheaton Academy – were accepted to the Metro Suburban Wednesday.
Marian athletic director Mike McGovern was in meetings Thursday where the SCC’s future was discussed. The first meeting announced that the seven schools had been accepted; the second had the remaining schools talking about their future.
“It seems like everyone wants to keep the conference intact,” McGovern said. “Our principals will meet next week and decide what direction to take.”
McGovern figures the conference will look for one to three to five members, since maintaining an even number of schools benefits scheduling, especially for football.
“There’s so many conferences in a bind with odd numbers,” McGovern said. “It seems like everybody is trying to pair up for [nonconference] football.”
The Suburban Catholic Conference added several schools to reach 12 members in the 2009-10 school year and split to two six-team divisions. McGovern feels lopsided football scores were a driving force in many of the smaller SCC schools wanting a change.
Current members of the Metro Suburban are Elmwood Park, Fenton, Glenbard South, Ridgewood, Riverside-Brookfield, Illiana Christian and Timothy Christian. Illiana Christian and Timothy Christian play in all sports except football.
McGovern thought the exodus was because of several lopsided football games, mainly in the crossover contests between Blue and Gold Division teams.
Montini has won four consecutive Class 5A state titles and Aurora Christian has won back-to-back Class 3A championships. St. Francis won Class 5A in 2008 and Marmion played for the Class 6A title in 2010.
Marmion athletic director Joe Chivari said the school already has had substantial conversations with other conferences interested in adding Marmion, but that sticking together with remaining SCC members is also an option.
"It's a little too early to say right now," Chivari said. "We've been contacted by very good athletic conferences that we're in discussions with, so time will tell."
Chivari said sharing a conference with some public schools as opposed to an all-private school model is an option.
"I think an important factor is a conference that continues to offer athletic competition at our level," Chivari said. "We don't plan on joining a conference that isn't going to make us better.
"Geography, that's a consideration, obviously. Size of schools doesn't always translate into quality athletics so that isn't as important as a track record of a school and their athletics and a conference and their athletics."
Marian has been one of the state’s best teams as well finishing 11-1 each of the last two seasons, with both losses to Montini.
“ Every conference goes through trying to make the playing field even,” McGovern said. “Many of the games were over by the second quarter.”
The SCC crossover games did count toward on the division records of the teams.
“We have some time because next year’s schedule is all in place,” McGovern said.
• Shaw Media sports editor Jay Schwab contributed to this report.