According to Tom Bratten, superintendent of Salem City Schools, the questionable stability of the three-year-old league - with several schools already looking to withdraw - caused Salem to look for membership elsewhere.
The other schools eventually remained in the AAC but the threat of a breakaway always remained.
"Basically we are really looking to give our students and coaches some stability with the league," Bratten
"When the NBC
approached us, we rehashed it," Bratten
According to Bratten the coaches of Salem voted 12-2 in favor of joining the NBC.
The same concerns that Bratten
had about the stability of the AAC were echoed by the coaches of Salem as well.