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Jay County: First domino falls

So, now it gets interesting.

Jay County opted to join the ACAC last night rather than the North Central Conference, a move that (in this corner of the Blobosphere, anyway) makes sense geographically and, it thus follows, fiscally. It also might be the first domino that sets off the chain reaction in what promises to be a seismic shift in conference affiliations in this part of the state.

Consider:

* With Jay County, a school with an enrollment of 1,118, joining the ACAC, it makes Leo (enrollment 964) much less an anomaly in what has traditionally been a small-school conference. Would that also make the conference an attractive prospect for NHC refugees New Haven, Bellmont and Norwell, all of whom have enrollments north of 700 and all of whom are well within the geographic sphere of the ACAC?

Or ...

* Will the addition of another southern school tempt the northernmost ACAC schools, Leo and Garrett, to look for other accommodations themselves? Jay is located in Portland, 62 miles from Leo and 77 from Garrett. That's a haul.

Or ...

* Will the NHC refugees form their own conference, absent Homestead and Carroll? And what happens to Southern Wells, currently an ACAC member in everything but football? And what about the SAC, two schools light with the closing of Elmhurst and restructuring of Harding?

Questions, questions. Answers to come.

Ben Smith's blog.

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