If there is one school coming out of the SCC/Metro Suburban maneuvering that Sly's a little worried about, it's Aurora Christian.
The Eagles were small in the current SCC, but they're really, really small now that the likes of Guerin, St. Edward and Walther Lutheran are jumping ship to the Metro Suburban.
From this fox's view, it seems like Aurora Christian was the school left standing when the music stopped in this latest version of conference musical chairs.
Needless to say, the two-time defending 3A state champion Eagles football team can more than hold its own against the SCC big boys, but conference membership is about more than football, and there are a lot of sports at Aurora Christian that need to compete against schools close to their size to be competitive.
And as great as the Eagles football team has been under Don Beebe, nothing lasts forever … how long will ACS be able to keep punching above its weight?
If Aurora Christian hadn't been so top-notch in pigskin these last several years, you wonder if they would have been one of the schools that is migrating over to the Metro Suburban.
The timing is also interesting with Aurora Central Catholic switching to the MSC. A few years ago, it'd have been a no-brainer, but with programs like baseball, football and girls basketball on the upswing at ACC, parting ways with the SCC (and especially rivals Marmion and Rosary) isn't so clear-cut.
It'll be interesting to see where things go from here. Will Marian, way up in Woodstock, feel compelled to stay with the other SCC schools? Will schools be added that are more compatible with Aurroa Christian? Wil some other conference successfully woo schools like Marmion or St. Francis?
It should play out quickly, and it'll be fascinating to watch.