Change is coming to Class 6A football. Now it's up to the schools to determine what that will entail.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal that will alter the format of 6A football.
The proposal from the OSSAA constitution and rules review committee includes two separate plans, and the Class 6A schools will vote to decide which plan they will adopt to be put in place for the start of the 2014 football season.
The proposal does not include an option to keep 6A football as it is, so the class will be altered, no matter what.
“There's been a desire for that classification to see some type of change,” said Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley, who served on the review committee. “We'll see what the membership does, and how they vote.”
The first plan, similar to a previous proposal rejected by the OSSAA board, will split the 32 Class 6A football teams into two divisions, with the 16 largest schools based on attendance in Division I and the smallest 16 in Division II.
Each division would have two eight-team districts, with four teams from each district making the playoffs.
The second plan would keep Class 6A districting as it is, with four eight-team districts. But each district would include two internal divisions, one with four teams from the largest 16 schools in attendance and one with four from the smallest 16 schools.
Four teams from each district would make the playoffs, with two each coming from the large and small division. That would create one eight-team playoff bracket for the larger schools, and another eight-team bracket for the smaller schools.