The WIAA Board of Control approved a proposal that would move West Salem to the Mississippi Valley Conference for football only. The proposal would also require mandatory football crossover games between the Coulee and Southwest Wisconsin conferences.
There is a 40-day window for schools to speak for or against the move. A second and final consideration could take place on or after Oct. 23rd.
The WIAA does not have a Board of Control Meeting in November, thus a special conference call could be held in October, according to WIAA spokesperson Todd Clark.
If approved, the proposal would go into effect as soon as Fall, 2014.
Discussions regarding possible conference realignment in the Coulee Region began last fall, when Prairie du Chien expressed interest in leaving the Southwest Wisconsin Conference. Conversation shifted to West Salem moving to the MVC, which has publicly sought an eighth member. West Salem officials strongly opposed the move, citing differences in enrollment. A proposal to add West Salem for all sports was voted down by the WIAA in April.
West Salem officials spoke against the move again Friday, according to Clark.
If the new proposal is approved, the MVC would have eight teams for football, while the Coulee and Southwest Wisconsin conferences would each have six. The mandated football-only crossover games between the Coulee and SWC would take place in weeks three and four. Failure by any school in the MVC, Coulee or SWC to abide by the proposal, if approved, would make a team ineligible for the WIAA's football playoffs for four years.
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