At a time where high school conferences have fallen to the background, a group of Oklahoma City metro schools are looking to re-energize the concept.
And they're using the college football super conference model.
Twelve schools — across seven school districts — formed the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference on Monday.
The conference will be comprised of the districts from Edmond, Deer Creek, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Stillwater and Yukon. However, schools will not begin competition in the conference until the 2014-15 school year in all varsity and subvarsity levels.
“Have we taken our lead from the collegiate ranks? Yes, we have,” Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “We've seen what the SEC and the Big 12 and other power conferences have done to recognize sports and student-athletes, and we see a desire to do the same.”
But why now? Conferences like the Metro Athletic Conference, Mid-State Conference and the Suburban Conference still exist this year, but have drawn little interest as a whole.
The new divisions in Class 6A football have raised some scheduling concerns with nondistrict games, and the athletic directors from each school are taking steps to ensure their teams have opponents each of the three nondistrict weeks.
The COAC will have 10 of the 16 schools in 6A Division I next year, and in the near future could have 11 as Stillwater continues to grow.
For a school like Yukon, it was a perfect opportunity to make sure schedules remained full for all sports.
“I can't really speak for the other schools, but for us having some consistency and continuity in scheduling athletics all the way up and down the board definitely was intriguing because we know with these schools we're always going to have a full compliment of schedules in every sport in all of those levels,” Yukon athletic director David Fisher said.
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