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Suburban Christian Conference weighs options for 2014-15

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 4:22 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 4:23 p.m. CST

The remaining members of the Suburban Christian Conference are not sure where the future will take that league, but they are looking at several options.

SCC principals met last week to disuss the future. On May 2 the announcement came that seven schools are leaving the SCC for the Metro Suburban Conference in the 2014-15 school year.

Marian Central, the lone local school in the SCC, will remain with Aurora Christian, Montini, St. Francis, Marmion (boys only) and Rosary (girls only). The five-team conference for football, however, leaves the SCC with a glut of nonconference dates to schedule.

Marian athletic director Mike McGovern, who will retire in June, said the SCC is considering options, most of which are driven by football.

“You have to experience football scheduling to see how tough it is,” McGovern said. “It is a lot of combinations.”

McGovern said the most desired plan would be to find suitable schools to join the SCC. If that does not transpire, the SCC will look for conferences to partner with for nonconference football games. A third option would be having the remaining SCC teams join another conference.

McGovern said the East Suburban Catholic Conference might consider taking in all six SCC schools in all sports, and the Chicago Catholic League, which has three divisions, might take in the SCC schools for football only.

The Fox Valley Conference has not shown an interest in inviting Marian to join, although the FVC will drop from 14 to 13 members next year when Johnsburg leaves to join the Big Northern Conference. McGovern, however, has received several calls from FVC teams wanting nonconference football games with the Hurricanes.

“I proposed the FVC [as a parter] to the SCC,” McGovern said. “They said to go ahead and do it independently. It’s a great natural [football] matchup for us.”

The seven SCC schools that are leaving are Aurora Central Catholic, Chicago Christian, Guerin, Immaculate Conception, St. Edward, Walther Lutheran and Wheaton Academy.

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