The latest move in the conference shuffle is a doozy.
District 204 schools Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley apparently are headed to the DuPage Valley Conference.
A day after the district's principals and athletic directors recommended the school board accept an invitation to join the DuPage Valley Conference beginning in 2015, the district announced its support of the move on its website.
The three schools currently are members of the Upstate Eight.
"In comparing the two conferences, athletic directors and principals feel a move to the DuPage Valley Conference would be beneficial to students because it represents opportunities to challenge and encourage growth. Travel times would be shorter, as schools would be in closer proximity," the announcement said.
There's no doubt this makes sense from a geographic standpoint for all sports, though football is the driving force behind the flurry of conference changes we've seen in recent years.
It's not so much about competition as it is guaranteeing a full nine-game football schedule, though the two were intertwined in the DVC's case.
West Aurora, Glenbard East and West Chicago couldn't compete with the Wheaton and Naperville schools and Glenbard North, so they got themselves into the Upstate Eight.
It's not an even three-for-three swap, though, as Lake Park took the spot vacated by West Chicago this season.
That leaves the DVC with nine teams and the Upstate Eight with 13. Odd numbers create scheduling problems.
There's also the question of whether Metea Valley can compete. A fourth-year program, Metea went 4-5 this season, including victories over large Upstate Eight schools Bartlett and South Elgin.
With the rise of Neuqua and Waubonsie, seven of the nine DVC schools will be established powers.
District coaches and administrators were asked not to comment Tuesday, a day after Metea Valley principal Jim Schmid told the Sun-Times, "I would be less than honest if I didn't say that this is going to be extremely challenging, at least initially."
Is team No. 10 on the horizon? Divisions? Will the Upstate Eight expand?
District 204 appears ready to formally accept the invitation in December. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.