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Local Coaches Split on IHSA Ruling

Reaction to the IHSA ruling Tuesday to eliminate conferences in 2021 has been received to mixed reviews.


The ruling would eliminate conferences and pit schools into a district style format come 2021 with two non-district games, otherwise, the schedule would be determined by the IHSA.


Clinton High School football coach, Chris Ridgeway says there's a lot of questions he has about the proposal, leaving him feeling like the decision was rushed into.



Maroa-Forsyth football coach, Josh Jostes was an advocate for the change. He explains ten years ago, he would not have been for this change but his program has been in three conferences in five years.



Lincoln High School is another example of a school that has joined a new conference in recent years. Football coach Matt Silkowski says he is excited about the proposal and possibly seeing some new teams every few years.



While Coach Ridgeway says it may end up changing a lot of how he coaches and prepares in the future, Coach Silkowski was not concerned about that. He says it is still about preparing his team to play good football.


Clinton and Lincoln are scheduled to meet in a non-conference football game in 2020.

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