The football-only Super Conference wasn’t super enough for the NJIC.
The North Jersey Interscholastic Conference voted 28-6 with three abstentions not to join the proposed Super Conference, set to begin play in 2016. The measure would have required a two-thirds approval to pass.
“There is a lot of confidence in what already exists,” said NJIC executive director Stan Fryczynski. “We have a lot of confidence in our ability to put forth a competitive football schedule and realign as we see fit.”
Four leagues – the Big North Conference, the Super Essex Conference, the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference and the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association – already have agreed to merge and form one 115-team league. The Super Conference does not yet have an official name.
With 38 schools across Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties, the NJIC seemed a reasonable fit for the Super Conference with its geographic footprint. It also would have added to the depth of Group 1 and 2 schools that already have joined.
Fryczynski said the league had viewed a proposed alignment with NJIC teams included, sent by Super Conference organizer and River Dell athletic director Denis Nelson.
“The prevailing attitude was we have a pretty good thing among ourselves,” Fryczynski said. “We have good communication with one another. Why would we want to give up that relationship?”
Fryczynski said the issue can be revisited in the future.