Maybe the Eastern Connecticut Conference won’t burn down, fall over and sink into a swamp, after all.
It appears that Connecticut’s dysfunction junction has a deal in place that would keep the 18 schools together for the foreseeable future, according to a report in the Norwich Bulletin. The league principals are scheduled to meet Friday morning to approve the three-year deal.
This latest compromise takes the four SCAC schools — Ledyard, Fitch, East Lyme and New London — and groups them back into a ‘Large’ division with Norwich Free Academy.
Then it puts Bacon Academy, Killingly, Montville, Stonington, Waterford and Woodstock Academy into a ‘Medium’ division.
And, finally, Griswold, Lyman Memorial, Plainfield, St. Bernard, Tourtellotte, Windham and Wheeler would go into the small.
According to the Bulletin, the large and small division schools won’t play each other. The medium schools will have some crossover games with the large division, while retaining the ability to invoke the ECC’s notorious ‘opt-out’ rule to decline playing certain games.
That would leave the large division schools with plenty of holes to fill in their schedules, which could be met by scheduling the SCC or elsewhere. It also could mean separate league tournaments and other nonsense.
In short, after all the complaints, threats and divorce filings, the ECC will remain the same loose confederation of parachuting worrywarts it’s always been, just with a slightly different makeup.
Whatever keeps your boat afloat, ECC.
H/T Norwich Bulletin: New deal should keep ECC together