(11-16-21) Thanks to our good social media friend ‘Blitz’ (& ‘Bounce’) and his wonderful online Outside the Huddle site he wrote quite an interesting posting on the Summit Athletic Conference (SAC) football situation – BLITZ: SAC’s refusal to modernize is hurting the area in the postseason(be sure to read his article) but below is what he asks –

There isn’t one singular answer, but Blitz believes one thing in particular hurts – the SAC nine-game regular-season schedule format.

Blitz has been down this road before – many times in fact. But unfortunately it is still a talking point because the SAC refuses to pull itself out of the 1990s.

We have heard all the reasons why. Convenience. Keeps costs down. Protect rivalries. The list goes on on WHY the league does not change things up and allow non-conference games.

How do you do it? Split the league up into divisions.

How do you split them and make em fair? Add up regular-season wins and losses over last 10-15 years and rank the team 1-10 by winning percentage. Odds go in one division. Evens in the other.

In a July 2021 outsidethehuddle.net storySAC to begin two-year rotation of football schedules beginning in 2023 – on schedule rotations starting in 2023 –

The proposal included separating the SAC into two divisions – a “small school” division consisting of Bishop Luers, Concordia, North Side, South Side and Wayne and a “big school” division of Bishop Dwenger, Carroll, Homestead, Northrop and Snider.

In the proposed format, the “division schedule” would be in Weeks 4-8. With five teams per division, one team each week will have an open date in which it can schedule a game against a team from the other division OR a non-league foe.

According to the article all 10 schools would have to agree to the change, which didn’t happen.

But ‘Blitz’ should be optimistic in what could happen down the road…at least it is being discussed.

So we did a little research on the make-up and issues facing the SAC.

Yes the SAC did have divisions at one time in football –

From 1971 to 1979, football competition was divided into North and South divisions.This was in place while Harding and Elmhurst were still open.

Bishop DwengerBishop Luers
North SideSouth Side

12-21-2012 Carroll and Homestead announcement

The Summit Athletic Conference announced today that it has invited Carroll and Homestead high schools to join the conference as a member of all three levels of football and boys’ and girls’ basketball. The schools are joining on a two-year probationary period where full membership would be considered beginning in 2017.

Carlton Mable, South Side High School Principal and Commissioner of the Summit Athletic Conference

“We are excited to welcome Carroll and Homestead to the SAC as probationary members. The SACS is recognized as a strong athletic conference and bringing in two more Allen County schools only makes us stronger.”

The addition of the Carroll and Homestead will fill out conference schedules, which means SAC teams will have fewer non-conference spots to fill, resulting in less traveling outside of the area. The first conference games including Carroll and Homestead will be in August 2015.

In a (4-13-2015) kpcnews.com story on the formation of the NE8 and the two schools leaving –

Essentially, six of the eight NHC schools stayed together after Carroll and Homestead left the conference. Rhodes said the athletic directors agreed that with the departures, they preferred a fresh start to the new league.

DeKalb Athletic Director Chris Rhodes

“It’s going to be a great conference as far as the competitive level. I think it’s going to be more balanced. We had gotten to the point that a couple other schools just outgrew us.”

From an early story on the Decatur Daily Democrat ‘Chillin’ With Dylan’ prior to the chnages-

First of all, Bellmont fans should appreciate that Homestead and Carroll are not wanted in the NHC by many. According to a few sources, the sheer size of those two schools compared to the little guys like Bellmont and Norwell is a point of notice…you think?

Other than the fantastic volleyball program or the perennially scary wrestling squads put together by the passionate Braves’ coaches, Bellmont has a difficult mountain to climb every year against those gargantuan schools.

Homestead’s football team has so many kids on the sidelines that they have numbers for defense and numbers for offense because some of the numbers overlap and the sport discourages triple-digit uniform numbers, obviously. The Spartans laugh when they see that most of our starters play both offense and defense.

So Homestaed and Carroll entered the SAC….basically because they were both left out of a new formation on a new conference (NE8) and because they won to much. The SAC wanted them for just football and boys and girls basketball, leaving every other sport as an independent. The two schools gave up a lot to be SAC members.

So how does the SAC resolves issues they might be facing in the future? First…who makes the final decisions on the conference, AD’s, Principals, District Superintendents, coaches input. It helps to annually review either after the school year or before the start of the school year. Blitz has concerns about football scheduling and possible divisions, but what about Carroll and Homestead not being full-SAC members in all sports. Future SAC membership status, could a Leo be a future prospect, due to their size and growing community.

Let’s also note that not many conferences have a good mixture of public and private schools…and very few have affiliate members like Homestead and Carroll.

It is just not a SAC issue on the operation of their conference, numerous leagues in Indiana and other states face the same issues every year.