The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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December 19, 2013

UPDATE: MAC officials announce moving forward with 'district football concept'

UPDATE: Press Release

Good Afternoon,

The Mississippi Athletic Conference was notified by Assumption Catholic of their desire to play football at their enrollment level for the 2014 season.  We respect their decision to play football at their enrollment level and Assumption Catholic will remain a member of the Mississippi Athletic Conference in all other sanctioned sports.

The Mississippi Athletic Conference and the Mississippi Valley Conference had a joint meeting in December.  The discussion was facilitated by the IHSAA and included a variety of scheduling options including district football.  In light of the decision by three schools in Eastern Iowa to participate in football at their enrollment level, the Mississippi Athletic Conference believes the district football concept is inevitable.

Realizing not all conference schools agree, it is the position of the Mississippi Athletic Conference to move forward with the district football concept.

The Mississippi Athletic Conference looks forward to the new opportunities that are on the horizon.

Respectfully,

The Mississippi Athletic Conference Principals and Athletic Directors

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ORIGINAL STORY

CLINTON — District football might be on the way to Iowa’s largest class of schools, a group that includes Clinton High School

Decisions reportedly made this week by Davenport Assumption of the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Cedar Rapids Xavier and Dubuque Wahlert of the Mississippi Valley Conference might bring the change. Those three schools reportedly have decided to compete in Class 3A. In the past, the three schools have opted to play up in 4A with the rest of their conference schools although there enrollments would put them in 3A.

With those teams changing, their conferences would be forced to find a new scheduling format.

“I think so, but I really don’t know,” Clinton football coach Lee Camp said when asked if district football was on the way for all of 4A. “I assume the (athletic directors) will get together again or the (Iowa High School Athletic Association) would make a decision.”

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