League expansion is now in the hands of the 14 superintendents of the All-American Conference. A vote is expected on May 1st, according to league commissioner Rick King.
The 12 person expansion committee, comprised of four athletic directors, four principles, and four superintendents has given the panel at least 3 scenarios which they can approve, tweak, or table on May 1st.
According to sources, nine schools have applied for membership to the AAC including… Boardman, Warren Harding, Youngstown East, Brookfield, Conneaut, Ashtabula Edgewood, Pymatuning Valley, and Youngstown Christian. Steubenville applied for football only.
The expansion will require a majority 2/3 vote from the current superintendents. They will decide how many teams can join, and how the tiers will be structured. The All-American Conference could remain a 2 tier league, or expand to as many as four… with the largest being a football only tier including the Division One programs (Boardman, Fitch, Warren Harding and Youngstown East)
The tier structure will also not be solely based on enrollment alone. Past performance and program strength will also be a determining factor in which tier a school’s individual sport can compete.
If approved on May 1st, the changes could take place as early as Spring of 2014. However football will most likely take 2 years to develop, and the full schedule around 3 years.