Change is coming to the Catholic Blue and some coaches are seeing red.
Catholic League administrators recently approved a football realignment plan for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, when the conference drops from 18 to 15 members. Aurora Christian, Bishop McNamara and St. Francis are leaving after 2017 to join the Metro Suburban Conference.
The new alignment will feature three divisions and break up the core five Blue schools — Brother Rice, Loyola, Mount Carmel, Providence and St. Rita — for the first time in 16 years.
As it was then, the odd team out will be Mount Carmel, which will drop to the Green. In 2002, the Caravan was in the White Division of the Catholic Metro, a merger of the Catholic League and East Suburban Catholic Conference that ended after that school year.
The other four traditional Blue schools will be joined by Montini…