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Class 7A football proposal rejected by OSSAA board

Board members defeated a measure that would have split Class 6A football into two 16-team divisions.
By SCOTT WRIGHT Modified: December 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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photo - The Jenks' Trojans celebrate the win over Norman North during the Class 6A Oklahoma state championship football game between Norman North High School and Jenks High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
The Jenks' Trojans celebrate the win over Norman North during the Class 6A Oklahoma state championship football game between Norman North High School and Jenks High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

One vote could have shaken the Class 6A football world on Wednesday.

That's all it would have taken to put the Class 7A proposal in the hands of the current 32 Class 6A schools to vote on for final acceptance.

But by a vote of 7-6 on Wednesday, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors rejected the proposal that would have split the current 6A into two 16-team classes.

The board instead voted to send the issue back to the Constitution and Rules Review Committee, which developed the proposal.

“We'll probably take time to let the athletic directors and superintendents who had their support for the proposal to see if there are other issues or other things we can do to help get a solution that's acceptable and works,” said Yukon superintendent Bill Denton, a board member who also headed the review committee.

“We said in the committee meeting that this (proposal) may be an option, or something better may come out of it, but we wanted to put it out there.”

The motion to send the issue back to the committee for further discussion passed by a 6-5 vote with two members abstaining, showing the divisiveness of the issue.

Mustang football coach Ty Prestidge, one of about a dozen representatives from 6A schools who attended Wednesday's meeting, said the consensus of the coaches he has spoken to suggested that more discussion was needed on the issue.

“I know the OSSAA had their committee meetings, but a lot of people hadn't heard about this until last month, and all of a sudden, it was coming to a vote,” said Prestidge, who is on the advisory committee for the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association.

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