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High school football: A closer look at the Class 6A football proposals

With the voting deadline looming early next week, here is a look at how the two plans could impact the landscape of Class 6A football.
by Scott Wright Modified: April 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm •  Published: April 7, 2013

Time is winding down on the voting period to determine the future of Class 6A football, with the deadline looming early next week.

It's a topic that virtually everyone seems to have an opinion on, but what about those people most directly affected by the changes — the coaches and players?

Here, we give some of them a chance to share their thoughts, while taking a look at some other aspects of the decision ahead.

The 32 Class 6A schools have been asked to choose between two plans for the future of 6A football. Plan I splits the 32 schools into two 16-team divisions that would have their own districts, and their own playoffs, with the divisions based on average daily attendance.

Plan II also splits the class into divisions based on school size, but intermingles the teams from both divisions for district play. However, only district games against the teams from your division — three games for each team — count toward deciding playoff teams.

Here's a look at how the two plans could impact the landscape of Class 6A football when one of them is put in place for the fall of 2014.

The plans

The future of Class 6A football is up to a vote of the 32 OSSAA schools in the class.

Though the actual ballots are more lengthy, and full of legal language, here's a basic breakdown of the two plans. There is not an option on the ballot to keep 6A football as it is:

Plan I

* Class 6A will include the 32 largest football playing schools according to Average Daily Membership.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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In the hands of the schools

Each school currently in Class 6A gets one vote in the decision on how to split up the class.

The districts involved are taking several different approaches to determine who will cast that vote.

For Moore, head football coach Todd Watters is making the sole decision on how to cast the school's vote.

Most other schools, though, have a group that have or will meet to decide jointly how to cast the school's vote.

Even districts are differing in how votes will be cast.

Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman, the school's principal and the athletic director, will determine how the school will vote.

Most schools are taking a similar approach, with football coaches meeting with their athletic directors, principals or superintendents to decide their direction for the OSSAA vote.

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