What the NCC also represents, other than academic integrity, is the work ethic of the old rustbelt cities of the Midwest – the kind branded by manufacturing and stable communities. The NCC has never stood for the Non-Commital Conference, and its members have stood together through the heydays and its May Days. If and when there is a 10th team added, that kind of institution and community will be the best fit for the NCC.
Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.