FORT WAYNE – The addition of Carroll and Homestead to the SAC in football and basketball in 2015 and a return to a 10-team league obviously means schedule changes.
But the SAC has rebuilt the schedules from scratch, making for some changes for fans who might be used to rivalry games being played on a particular week.
The conference felt that we should redo the football schedule since we have two new schools coming in, Concordia athletic director Dean Doerffler said.
We could have plugged Carroll and Homestead in where Harding and Elmhurst used to be, but the conference felt it was best just to start over and do like a blind draw.
The sentiment was to start over, and what it came out was what it came out. You never really know for sure what the big game will be because programs change.
The new-look SAC will kick off to an interesting start Aug. 21, 2015, with rivalry games that involve trophies between Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers (Bishop’s Trophy) and SAC champion North Side against South Side (Totem Pole).
Previously, the Battle of the Bishops was in Week 9 and the North-South game was in Week 8.
The annual scrimmage between Dwenger and Luers will no longer be played to avoid the two teams playing in the preseason and Week 1, so the teams will have to find new scrimmage opponents.
Other than that, it just means you have nine great teams you have to play on nine consecutive Fridays, and the order doesn’t really matter, Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said.
There have been times where we have been down, and that game hasn’t been as well attended as possible. When it is first, it could be a big crowd.
The principals and athletic directors at the eight current SAC schools – Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers, Concordia, Northrop, North Side, Snider, South Side and Snider – as well as Carroll and Homestead got together last month and hashed out the new schedule, which will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
The schedule had to take into consideration some components, including Northrop and Snider sharing Spuller Stadium and Dwenger and Concordia sharing Zollner Stadium.
It also had to give each team four or five home games one year and the other amount the next year and also make sure no team had three straight home games or three straight road games.
There are a lot of variables that go into it, and it is not an easy thing to do, Doerffler said.
Unlike when the SAC last had 10 teams before Elmhurst closed in 2010, the schedule will not rotate from year to year (expect for the home teams) with different games going to different weeks.
There is talk of the SAC redoing the schedule in four years, but it will stay firm until then.
The basketball schedule has also been discussed, but nothing has been finalized.
The SAC has a desire to continue its girls/boys basketball doubleheaders on Friday nights but will have to get two more league games in with Carroll and Homestead arriving.
The league will also have to work around the girls schedule, which starts two weeks earlier than the boys.
It might come down to two girls SAC games being played before the doubleheaders and two boys SAC games being played after the doubleheaders for all the schools.