When it comes to keeping everybody happy nowadays, the OCC seems to have only slightly better luck than the government.

Pleasing 31 schools -- soon to be 32 when Olentangy Berlin opens in August -- is not at all the same as keeping some 323 million American citizens on the same page, but Ohio's largest conference is being reminded of this unpleasantry yet again with realignment chatter that, if proven true, would lead to its most dramatic shakeup in decades.

It was first reported by the Logan Daily News on Nov. 29, and later substantiated by ThisWeek, that Canal Winchester, Groveport, Lancaster, Logan, Reynoldsburg, Teays Valley and Zanesville met earlier that week to discuss the formation of a new league.

Mount Vernon and Newark were not represented at the meeting, although they were reported to have shown interest. However, since then, Mount Vernon -- a charter member of the OCC when it formed in 1968 -- has decided to stay in the Ohio Cardinal Conference, which it joined before the 2016-17 school year.

Logan is in its first year as an independent after 92 years in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League. Zanesville, which was in the SEOAL from 2006-10, has competed in the East Central Ohio League in all sports since 2012.

Roughly 50 miles from downtown Columbus and at least 20 miles from the farthest-flung OCC schools, neither Logan nor Zanesville is a logical fit for the OCC, which also had 32 schools from 2009-16.

Teays Valley's Division I success long has made it a logical candidate to jump from the MSL to the OCC, but that has yet to happen.

The other aforementioned schools already have a home in the conference, even if they don't always feel like it.

Canal Winchester left the MSL for the OCC before the 2013-14 school year and struggled in several sports before starting to turn a corner this year, as among its successes, the football team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and the girls soccer team reached its first Division I district final.

Lancaster and Reynoldsburg have another kind of problem, in that while they field several competitive teams, the across-the-board success of Pickerington Central and Pickerington North often makes for a glass ceiling in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Groveport and Newark used to have the same issue before they were realigned into the OCC-Capital last year, a division some of New Albany's fall teams rule with an iron fist but is more balanced during the other two seasons.

Enrollment and geography long have been the staples for OCC realignment, not to mention attempting to sustain natural or longstanding rivalries. Conference bylaws dictate that realignment be revisited whenever a school's enrollment changes in proportion to those in the same division.

That's good news for those who don't like a certain alignment, but the downside is constant flux.

Just as with the recent news east and southeast of Columbus, chatter persists north of town that like-sized schools including Big Walnut, Delaware, Marion Harding, Marysville and Mount Vernon someday could form a league. Nothing has come of it yet, at least publicly.

When all is said and done, the OCC probably will not stick with 32 teams. That size ultimately is too unwieldy to keep everybody happy when it comes to enrollment- and/or geography-based alignment, although that won't be for lack of trying from commissioner Dave Cecutti or anyone else.

The OCC might have a more manageable number with 24 members, which would make for four six-school divisions or three eight-school divisions.

On top of that, any area Division I team in any sport with hopes of winning a postseason championship has to survive what long has amounted to an OCC tournament, with a City League or CCL school or two often thrown in.

As always, some schools will be happy. Some will not.

Some will win, possibly a lot. Some will lose, possibly a lot.

That's true no matter your league.

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