Marian officially declines invite to Northern State Conference

Marian High School is staying in the Northern Indiana Conference.

The Knights explored the possibility of jumping to the Northern State Conference but the possibility wilted away when schools like Tippy Valley, Fairfield and Wawasee all said no to the NSC.

"You aren't leaving a 9-team conference for a 5-team conference. No one in their right mind would do that," Marian Athletic Director and head football coach Reggie Glon said on Tuesday.

"I know with a couple of teams dropping out, that changed the whole picture. We told [the NSC] from the very beginning we would not go into a conference with just five teams. We will be staying put in the NIC."

The Northern State Conference will be down to four teams (Glenn, Bremen, Jimtown & New Prairie) starting in the 2015-2016 season. That's after LaVille, Culver, Triton and Knox have decided to bolt for the new Hoosier North Athletic Conference.

There are other options out there in schools like Rochester and Culver Academy for the NSC.

But it appears this is all falling apart. So what happens to Jimtown, Bremen, Glenn and New Prairie? Those four schools would likely need to find a new conference themselves.

Jimtown and Bremen could explore the possibility of joining the Northern Lakes Conference or maybe even the NIC. New Prairie has had overtures to join the NIC many times but would need to add boys soccer to do so.

Could one of the four end up in the that new Hoosier North Athletic Conference? Right now, the league is at nine times but in a press release Tuesday, the HNAC said it would be open to adding a 10th team if the opportunity was right.

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