Representatives of the North Central Conference visited Southside and Jay County on Wednesday, researching the two largest independent schools in East Central Indiana.
Southside athletic director Tom Lyon said the meeting was preliminary and no decision was reached. He said he was told the NCC hasn’t decided for certain if it wants to expand. Lyon said the visit was the first time Southside has hosted representatives of a conference since it became an independent following the end of the Olympic Conference.
The North Central Conference is an eight-member league that includes Central and New Castle.
“I think we have a lot to offer to their conference,” Lyon said. “Obviously their conference, the oldest conference in the state, I think they have a lot to offer us, too. Mostly it’s the ability to get our kids into a conference, conference championships, all-conference type things.”
Jay County athletic director Bob Lutton described Wednesday’s visit as ‘informal,’ and said his school has not been invited into the North Central Conference or any other league. He said the visit with the NCC was the first site visit for the school as part of its recent attempts to join a conference. Like Southside, Jay County is in its third year of independence following the demise of the Olympic Conference.
Lutton said Jay County continues to survey the conference landscape as part of an ongoing effort to find a good conference home for its teams.
“All we’re saying is, if there’s a conference that’s wanting to add, we would be interested in looking at their conference,” Lutton said. “Not saying we’re going to join their conference, we’re not saying that. We’re just saying we’re open to listen to anyone right now.”
Anderson athletic director Steve Schindler said the meetings were part of a series of site visits the conference is conducting as it mulls expansion. Anderson holds the league presidency under the NCC’s rotation system.
Schindler said the league’s members are still discussing whether to expand and haven’t decided for certain to add any schools.
He said the member schools also haven’t determined exactly how many schools they will end up visiting as part of the consideration process.