2/1/2013 9:31:00 AM SWC, SCC football deal not done yet
The area sports landscape was changed recently when Marshall announced it was leaving the Southwest Conference for football to join the Wright County Conference. Now, it appears the landscape is on the verge of changing once again.
The remaining six Southwest Conference football schools are in talks with the six South Central Conference schools to be scheduling partners, beginning in the 2014 season.
However, Windom Activities Director Sheryl Hanefeld noted that the proposed agreement is not a done deal yet.
"It might be done on the South Central Conference end, but it isn't on the Southwest Conference's end," Hanefeld said, citing that the SWC Activities Directors will meet March 5 to discuss the proposal.
The proposal reportedly will call for the six SWC teams to schedule non-conference games with the six SCC teams for the first three weeks of the season, with conference games being played for the final five weeks.
However, there are exceptions in the deal, as at least three schools have requested open dates in Week 1 to seek their own non-conference games. Hanefeld stated that Windom is one of those schools.
"Tentatively, we were scheduled to open the season against St. Peter, based on the tentative schedule," Hanefeld said. "But we've requested to have a Week 1 opening so we can try to find a smaller-school opponent. We know that we have St. Peter there for the time being if we aren't able to find another opponent, but we would like to find a school closer to our size."
Hanefeld added that Windom is tentatively scheduled to play non-conference games against St. James and Blue Earth in 2014. St. James and Blue Earth are also Windom's non-conference opponents in 2013, before the proposed agreement takes place. Windom has typically scheduled one or two games with South Central Conference teams each year. The Eagles played non-conference games with Blue Earth each of the last two seasons.
This is not the first time the SWC and SCC have worked together. The two leagues merged for a two-year stretch in the mid-2000s, going under the name the Southern Alliance. However, the Alliance fell apart after the two leagues discussed the possibility of pairing in other sports, particularly boys and girls hockey.