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(9-20-18) According to a Daily Chronicle article DeKalb is working towards finding a new conference home and avoid the independent status they will face next season. The Barbs are hoping that either the Upstate 8 or DuPage Valley Conference will offer an invitation to join in the near future.

The Barbs AD Peter Goff, who took over the job in August, has been busy trying to find a new conference home. He should be getting good at doing this as he helped his last school, Kaneland, find a new conference home before leaving for DeKalb.

Goff is making a presentation today at South Elgin to the Upstate 8, who will have nine members next year after the recent departure of West Aurora to the Southwest Prairie Conference. Next week DuPage Valley Conference administrators will meet with DeKalb officials as a part of the application process. The DVC presently has just five members, which makes football scheduling a nightmare for every member. DVC member Naperville Central last week traveled to Kentucky and picked up a 38-20 win over Trinity, all a part of filling a football schedule when you have four open dates.

According to Goff, the Upstate 8 is also talking with four other schools (no names of the other schools have been mentioned) and is considering adding several more members if the fit is right. Depending what the U8 does there could be more conference changes in the future.

If you look at enrollment numbers, DeKalb (1,840) would be the second smallest school of the current U8 members, with Glenbard South (1,158) by far the smallest. In the DVC they would be the smallest, with the next smallest being Waubonsie Valley, which is 800 students more than DeKalb.


  • 1,840 – DeKalb

Upstate 8

  • 2,263 – Glenbard East
  • 2,673 – South Elgin
  • 2,422 – Bartlett
  • 2,079 – Larkin
  • 1,158 – Glenbard South
  • 3,904 – East Aurora
  • 2,582 – Elgin
  • 1,955 – Streamwood
  • 2,051 – West Chicago

DuPage Valley Conference

  • 2,810 – Naperville Central
  • 3,662 – Naperville North
  • 2,887 – Metea Valley
  • 2,674 – Neuqua Valley
  • 2,642 – Waubonsie Valley