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(3-16-18) The Northern Illinois Big 12 is down to just four remaining schools, DeKalb, Kaneland, Sterling and Yorkville. The most recent school to leave the group was Sycamore, who will join several other former NIB 12 members in the Interstate 8.

The dilemma of being the ‘last person out of the room to turn off the light‘ is not a job any of the four remaining schools are looking forwqard to doing.

One of the four is very busy looking for a new conference home, but it most likely will not include the four staying together.

DeKalb AD Nic Kearfott, who just announced that he would be leaving his position to become the new AD at Normal Community, told SSN.

Are you hoping to all stay together?

If possible, we would like to stay together but that may not be feasible.  We all need to look at options that are best for our specific school and athletic program.  We will look at factors such as enrollment, athletic competitiveness and geography.

Options you may be considering?

We have formally applied to the Fox Valley Conference, NIC 10, Southwest Prairie and Upstate 8 Conference.  The Upstate 8 is not looking to expand for at least two years and we are still in conversations with the FVC and NIC 10.  We hope to have a better understanding of our options by mid April.

Kaneland AD Peter Goff told the Daily Chronicle that his school has also applied to three conferences but is not as optimistic about the results from those talks leading to an invitation.


The Fox Valley Conference with the newest addition of Burlington Central will have 10 members and the NIC 10 has been at 10 members since the addition of Belvidere North in 2006.