“Obviously, we were concerned and DeKalb was concerned,” Carrick said. “But it is what it is. Sometimes you have to have a little faith things are going to work out, and I’m glad they did. But I was a little concerned because it has become a great community event and one the community looks forward to.”
The 2019 season will be the first time since 2005 that DeKalb and Sycamore have not been in the same conference. It was DeKalb’s last year in the Upstate Eight and Sycamore’s last in the Suburban Prairie North.
In 2006, both teams joined the Western Sun – Sycamore was a 20-7 winner that year. In 2010 the Northern Illinois Big 12 formed, and the first meeting between the schools in that conference was a 20-13 Sycamore win. The NIB 12 will cease to exist next season, with Sycamore joining the Interstate Eight. It took awhile, but the Barbs found a home in the DVC.
DeKalb athletic director Peter Goff said the No. 1 priority was to get into a conference, even if that meant a 10-team league with no nonconference games. We were going to see where we landed and make some adjustments from there,” Goff said. “If we went to a closed conference, then the game would have been nixed, but we would have found different ways to do things. And the basketball game always would have been there.”
Carrick said the alternative plan would have been two games at Huskie Stadium, one a 5:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m., with the parade of athletes between the two games. But with DeKalb becoming the sixth team in the DVC, those plans are voided.
Both ADs are working on finalizing their 2019 schedules. Goff said he would not comment until the schedule was completed – something he expects to happen this week.
SYCAMORE – For a while, Sycamore athletic director Chauncey Carrick could only wait to see which conference DeKalb finally would join.
Would be it in an open conference, meaning the rivalry with the Spartans will roll on, or a closed one – changing the First National Challenge?
With the Barbs’ announcement last month that they become members of the DuPage Valley Conference, the rivalry game at Huskie Stadium between the two teams will continue. In 2019, they will play in Week 2.