"That's a poster child for this situation," he said. "That year we were 9-2, played Tusculum, which, the year before, had been in the top 15 in the country.
"When we played them they were like 3-8, so that hurt our strength of schedule. We were beaten out by Pennsylvania schools, which had that .500 strength of schedule because they all play one another and ours was lower.
"Had we been in a conference like this one, then we probably would've been in the national tournament instead of somebody in Pennsylvania. So, that's an example of where not having an entirely football-playing conference hurts you."
That year WVIAC regular season champion Shepherd, along with Pennsylvania teams Kutztown and Mercyhurst, earned a berth in the regional tournament.
Blizzard said he's not sure what the future of the WVIAC holds.
For the 2012-13 academic year, at least, it's business as usual.
"It's not good news (for the conference)," Blizzard said. "We will operate business at usual this year, if that's possible living in a house divided.
"I was told we're still considered the WVIAC, and to run the league this year. Beyond that, I don't know."
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WHEELING JESUIT, one of the non-football playing schools, is exploring its options, according to a news release sent on Monday.
Danny Sancomb, the school's athletic director, said that Wheeling Jesuit is in discussions with other institutions about their options and plans to align itself with schools that are similar to WJU "athletically and academically."
"From our teams' performances this year, it is very clear that we are one of the most competitive schools in the WVIAC," Sancomb said in a statement.
"We are still NCAA Division II and we intend to compete in at least as many conference championships next year as we did this year."
The Cardinals appeared in nine conference championship games last season and won four of them.
While not being specific in his school's plans, Sancomb said WJU is exploring Division I leagues as well.
"The decision to form a new regional all-sports conference seems to have been made for financial reasons," he said. "As Wheeling Jesuit athletics moves forward, we will continue to focus on maintaining academic excellence and quality athletic programs."
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