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

“I've been getting a lot of calls about it, and the coaches felt it happened real quick. Most of them weren't totally against it or totally for it, but they wanted to get some more information.”

Prestidge said the OFCA advisory committee won't meet again until February. The 7A issue has been a hot topic at other meetings, like the Central Oklahoma Athletic Directors' regular gathering.

On Wednesday, board members voiced concerns about the creation of another classification, travel issues created by a class that would have four Tulsa-area teams and 12 Oklahoma City-area teams, and also the potential that such a split would be sought by other sports on an individual basis.

But football, where Jenks and Tulsa Union have won the last 17 Class 6A state championships, is the primary concern.

It was not known when the Constitution and Rules Review Committee would reconvene. The board will meet again Jan. 9.

The 14-member committee that developed the proposal includes administrators from large and small schools, and from virtually all regions of the state. It was designed to review several rules in the OSSAA constitution, not just 6A football.

Any changes to the classification system would have to pass both board and membership vote by late July, when the districts for the 2014-15 seasons will be determined.

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