STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted to support the first consideration of four separate conference realignment proposals as its September meeting today.
The first consideration of a third conference realignment proposal involving the Coulee, Mississippi Valley and Southwest Wisconsin Conferences received initial approval. The plan moves West Salem from the Coulee to the Mississippi Valley for football only and requires mandatory crossover games between the Coulee and Southwest Wisconsin Conference in weeks three and four of the season beginning in 2014. Failure by any school in the three conferences to honor the plan will result in its removal from the football playoffs for four years.
An original plan presented, then amended by the Board last April, would have moved West Salem to the Mississippi Valley Conference for all sports. However, the plan was eventually voted down by the Board upon receiving extensive concerns from the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Membership rules require a 40-day window for schools involved in realignment plans to appeal the first consideration of the Board before it takes final action. Thus, schools have until Oct. 23, 2013, to file an appeal of the Board's initial vote. The Board's final action on the realignment plans will be at a special meeting on Oct. 23.
Story courtesy of the WIAA
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