GNC splitting up
I noticed a report within tapatalk about Escanaba and Marquette leaving the GNC to join the Big North Conference in football. Also, in that same thread it was mentioned that Sault Ste Marie would also join them. Does anyone have any information on or knowledge that this has happen?
On a sidenote, I think it is great that this site was created.
This is a very interesting possible change in the UP football community, was hoping someone on tapatalk would have some info but nothing. Unfortunately the topic kind of died, I have no information, but as I asked what happens to the other teams in the GNC?? Think we are getting closer to a giant conference of the remaining 11 man teams in the UP, also I see Ishpeming and West Iron County going 8 man within a few years, don't see Ishpeming (hope not) co-oping with either Negaunee or Westwood, not sure of the mood in WIC on a possible co-op over there. I agree we need a UP site just gotta figure out how to grow it..
8 man is the new norm -- more schools will move to it to find success. West Iron, L'Anse, Ishpeming, and Manistique will be the next to move to it. They don't want to keep getting pounded by the Negaunee, Iron Mountain, etc..
At the end of the day, football is football. It's better to have 8-man then no football program at all or co-op with another school.