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High school notebook: Class 6A coaches, ADs to discuss 7A ideas

One of the most popular ideas being discussed at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association clinic was modeled after Texas' postseason format, which splits its largest class into two playoff brackets based on enrollment.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 6, 2013
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In hopes of finding a solution that those most directly involved are comfortable with, several Class 6A football coaches and athletic directors are set to meet Monday in Edmond to discuss ideas for a Class 7A proposal of their own.


A proposal developed by the rules committee of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association was voted down by the board of directors in December and sent back to the committee for further discussion.

However, a large group of 6A coaches and administrators decided be proactive in developing their own proposal to take to the OSSAA, rather than sitting back to see what happened.

One of the most popular ideas being discussed at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association clinic Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City was modeled after Texas' postseason format, which splits its largest class into two playoff brackets based on enrollment.

The idea would keep Class 6A as the largest 32 schools, and four teams from each district would qualify for the playoffs.

But instead of having one 16-team playoff, the postseason would be split into two divisions. The largest two playoff teams from each district would be put in Division 1 and the smallest in Division 2, making for two eight-team playoff brackets.

Coaches had also been discussing the same idea involving an increase of teams in Class 6A, up to 48 or even 64. And other ideas will be entertained as well.

The OSSAA board of directors meets Wednesday.

‘ZERO WEEK' A HOT TOPIC AT CLINIC

The Oklahoma Football Coaches Association looked at a variety of ideas to improve the landscape of high school football in the state during its annual clinic Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma City.

One of the most popular ideas was to allow teams to play non-district games the week before the traditional opening of the season — an idea termed “Zero Week.”

It would allow teams an extra week in which to play a non-district game, thus easing the difficulty for non-district scheduling.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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