The Southern Connecticut Conference has been looking to find a 20th team for football since 2008 when Derby departed for the Naugatuck Valley League.
It may finally happen next season. A source indicated that Norwich Free Academy would fill that spot.
Five schools from the Eastern Connecticut Conference, NFA, Ledyard, Fitch, East Lyme and New London, have been in recent discussions with the SCC about possibly all of them coming just for football.
SCC commissioner Al Carbone said he, members of the league’s scheduling committee, and the five ECC schools met last Friday at East Lyme.
“We talked about trying to come up with some kind of scheduling partnership,” Carbone said.
Carbone wouldn’t comment on NFA’s specific interest or whether the other four schools would come or not. NFA athletic director Eric Swallow didn’t return a message seeking comment.
The SCC scheduling committee met Thursday to further discuss proposals of how the addition of five teams would work: four division of six teams each, three divisions of eight teams each or two divisions of 12 teams each. If NFA comes alone, the Wildcats would likely be in Division I.
Regardless of how many ECC teams decide to want to make the switch, 75 percent of the SCC membership must approve the move in order for it to occur.