Legion is dead in IL. I really like playing into yhe summer in Iowa. Coaching in March can be...cold. A school I coached at had about 550 kids in the hs and didnt play football. Basketball and baseball powerhouse.That's not a one size fits all proposition. Parents/administrators/coaches/boosters/players all have to be on board and that almost never happens. It's been tried numerous times in NW Iowa and it gets derailed over one or more of transportation, funding, naming, locations, you name it.
Several years before I came back to coach here our team was going to join with a local 1A school. Everything was great, coaches were on board, parents were good with it, but our superintendent said all games had to be played at our field rather than 50/50 and that killed it in an instant. This isn't some 30,000 population district where you're going to get people working hard lobbying for stuff like this. It just dies out.
Also, you won't get spring ball happening here other than Legion and there aren't fields to support legion (the only fields around here whatsoever are school-owned) You have to travel a hell of a long ways. The weather in NW Iowa doesn't allow it, and you'd have nowhere to practice. Right now guys on my team who're playing legion ball are going south 55 miles Mondays and Fridays to practice, and playing games in Nebraska. No school is going to pay for that.
Fall ball will never work because football is 10 times more popular here and there isn't the population to support both. Not even close.
If Iowa does anything it will be to de-sanction it like a lot of states and leave Legion ball to fill the void.
Blows my mind how Iowa avoids consolidation. India schools are even bigger than IL.