ejhawk
Any word from the Shrine game on conference realignment? Heard rumors this was going to be released this weekend.
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The WFCA tweeted this 30 minutes ago:

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association will release details of the statewide football-only conference realignment plan to our membership on Monday. Our partners at the WIAA will provide information to schools and AD’s on Monday as well.

https://twitter.com/wifca/status/1021118772042784770
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On the whole, I think they've got it right, but a few quibbles.

-Some teams (Wausau East, West Allis Central) that were asking for relief the last couple years move right back to where they were and the problems start anew. Tosa East finally gets what they wanted though.

-CMH in the Woodland? Hoo boy. They're still widely competitive in the C8 despite enrollment discrepancies...although I've heard rumblings they'd want out if given the opportunity. Not sure it'd help or hurt them though.

-The MWC/Big East crossover. I know it has to happen as nine-team conferences...as of today though there's a sizable discrepancy in quality of football between the conferences.

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I do think they nailed the movement between the Metro Classic and Midwest Classic (and oh hi, Brown Deer) though. LCL's enrollment likely to continue to boom. I do think you will see a lot of cross-movement between the two as things get reviewed and relief requests come in...which I think is kind of what they're looking for with the "sister conference" concept...it could work almost similarly to promotion/relegation in European soccer.
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Green Bay East and Green Bay West could not compete in the FRC and they were moved to the Bay and still could not compete, so move them back to the FRC? By looking at this in the Green Bay/Fox Valley area they did nothing but go off enrollments and took no other factors that have huge impacts on programs, such as social-economics, rural vs. urban, open enrollments, etc. 
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nkartos
Swap Janesville Craig & Janesville Parker for Delavan-Darien & Elkhorn and I would co-sign for the Madison area.
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All the ones mentioned here received considerable discussion as significant challenges. In some cases, there's just not many other better options, especially when looking at 390+ teams. Some will work themselves out as revisions are made to the plan for teams moving to 8-man. Some will need to go through the review and relief process and provide some supporting info and options.

Another issue compounding the Delavan-Darien option is that I believe Williams Bay may be leaving that co-op next year and drop DD back to its own enrollment of 735. A move to the Rock may be in their future, though the one nkartos suggests isn't bad either. Could see Beloit move with them at some point too.
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ejhawk wrote:
Green Bay East and Green Bay West could not compete in the FRC and they were moved to the Bay and still could not compete, so move them back to the FRC? By looking at this in the Green Bay/Fox Valley area they did nothing but go off enrollments and took no other factors that have huge impacts on programs, such as social-economics, rural vs. urban, open enrollments, etc. 


Pressed for time at work earlier, but those were other ones I thought of. At the very least they should have been paired with the Sheboygans.
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nkartos wrote:
Swap Janesville Craig & Janesville Parker for Delavan-Darien & Elkhorn and I would co-sign for the Madison area.


To add to that, if we're talking competitive equity...Waunakee to Big Eight, Watertown to Badger-North, Badger to Badger-South, Beloit to Southern Lakes.

I just think if the Janesvilles leave the Big 8, Beloit absolutely has to as well.
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The Cloverbelt would turn into a juggernaut.
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sam20 wrote:
The Cloverbelt would turn into a juggernaut.


It wasn't already? 😎

Elk Mound for Cadott is an improvement, but Colby also leaves, and Neillsville/Granton and Altoona are still there.

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Another thing I noticed is Kenosha Christian Life is listed in the MWC, they've been playing JV only for three years now? Is a return to 11-man varsity still in the cards for them?
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db11 wrote:
On the whole, I think they've got it right, but a few quibbles.

-Some teams (Wausau East, West Allis Central) that were asking for relief the last couple years move right back to where they were and the problems start anew. Tosa East finally gets what they wanted though.

-CMH in the Woodland? Hoo boy. They're still widely competitive in the C8 despite enrollment discrepancies...although I've heard rumblings they'd want out if given the opportunity. Not sure it'd help or hurt them though.

-The MWC/Big East crossover. I know it has to happen as nine-team conferences...as of today though there's a sizable discrepancy in quality of football between the conferences.


Also I think Hale was looking for some help too but got denied. Considering the state of the GMC (outside of their conference title in GBB of all things) it has been tough for them too.

If adding Wisco to the Woodland would ruffle some of the Woodland fans feathers, just imagine adding Catholic Memorial would do. It's going to be a mix of both help (one of the top teams) and hurt (Woodland would be viewed as a step down in competition to the C8) for them.

I would think the MWC/Big East crossovers would work out mostly. Granted there isn't a discernible top team in the MWC (since LCL would be in the Metro Classic) outside of maybe RaLu and but outside of CG-B, H/S and Ozaukee, the drop off to the other programs is reasonable for the MWC.
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Other quick looks.

Lakeland goes to a single 8 team league.

Southeast, Badger North, Southern Lakes, Trailways Small, CWC Large and Milwaukee City do not see any changes at all.

Fox River Classic finally goes to two divisions.

Capitol gets the biggest facelift with nine (5 via Trailways, 4 via Rock Valley) teams from other leagues).

Paired Conferences for crossovers:

MBC with Coulee
North Eastern with Bay
Cloverwood with CWC Small
Midwest Classic with Big East
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I would bet Neenah and their now proposed "former" FVA friends will speak up as against this plan.

Bay Port does not belong in the FRCC.

Still a proponent of smaller conferences (6 teams) with more non conference games so you can schedule who you want to play. Also a fan of a  playoff system based on wins and opponents wins like Ohio has. Beating 4 bottom feeders in your conference is not a good measuring stick. 
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ejhawk
Not sure who was all involved in this, but pretty sure they did not reach out to schools that wanted out of their conferences. 
Green Bay East and West are easy but as I mentioned above factors such as rural versus urban(open-enrollment) and social-economics have to be taken into consideration. 

Take Hortonville and maybe Kaukauna out of VFA and they can take the place of Green Bay West and East in the FRC.

Now for the Eastern Valley and Bay Conference the rural vs. urban open enrollment issue can be addressed.
Bay-Rural
Marinette
Shawano
Clintonville
Oconto Falls
Waupaca
Green Bay West
Green Bay East
New London

North Eastern-urban
Lux-Casco
Wrightstown
Denmark
Freedom
Seymour
FVL
Xavier
Little Chute

I realize that the North Eastern Conference in this scenario is much tougher but they are programs that are now on a level playing field.
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