Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


March 12, 2014

Mac AD: TRC is best bet

Peru is TRC bound; could other MIC schools follow?

BUNKER HILL — In what it deems as a matter of self-preservation, Maconaquah’s athletic department finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

And after Tuesday’s work session to gauge public and internal support of a move out of the Mid-Indiana Conference and into the Three Rivers Conference, another proverbial domino appears ready to fall, moving the MIC one step closer to extinction.

The hour-long meeting revealed overwhelming support from coaches and the public to make the move. In all, one speaker — a public patron — spoke out against the move because of what he perceived as a step down in competition.

With the current situation, that consensus seemed to reveal officials feeling as if the school may have no other choice.

“I know we will compete no matter what conference we’re in,” Maconaquah athletic director John Off said. “I love the MIC, but as I see it kind of falling apart, we had to look for something that was best for the kids. And, I thought [the TRC] was the best option. Leaving here [Tuesday], I think we’re in a good place and the board has a view on what the public feels in general terms of pro or con.”

The current MIC’s charter dates back to 1965, with various teams joining and leaving over time to create the eight-team league known today, consisting of Cass, Eastern, Hamilton Heights, Maconaquah, Northwestern, Peru, Taylor and Eastern.

Taylor announced on Dec. 11 that it was leaving the conference to join the Hoosier Heartland Conference for the 2015-16 school year, and indicated at that time Eastern intended to do that same. Eastern did not give Taylor permission to make that announcement because its school board had not made an official decision on the matter, but later voted on Jan. 14 to also leave the MIC for the HHC.

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