2019 will be the last year for the NCL as a Football Conference:
Padua's departure and fewer smaller schools pushed the NCL to make football independent while consolidating its two divisions to one in 2020.
I can see this point but the guys argument will gain steam if any of the blue division teams avoid playing Hoban now that they are all independentHoban is an easy target, but it wasn't driven by Hoban football. The league added smaller members, including two all-girls schools, but lost four in the last two years. Padua is the latest departure. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity and Youngstown Valley Christian already left.
Walsh may continue to play Hoban because of their history of playing all the way back to the 70s. Other Blue division teams not so sure. If they have not regularly scheduled St Eds or St Ignatius, why schedule Hoban? Hoban's program is THAT good.Auggie:
Interesting point 3. I also like the fact, if all cooperate, that rivalry games could be end of season affairs. Hoban St. V for instance would be nice. Personnel preference. I think you are right on pt 2 as well. I can see Walsh and Benny staying on a Hoban schedule. The others could mix up the pot of scheduling as well with Central, Western or southern Ohio Catholics, although a bit of a haul. Pick up Toledo CC, St. Francis and or St. John too. Whitmer in the past seemed willing to play anyone so the NCL Teams could pick up the likes of them as well.