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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

It would be particularly beneficial for teams playing opponents from Texas, which starts its season a week earlier than Oklahoma.

And it would provide another option for teams with a late-season district bye week, rather than forcing them to play an essentially meaningless game late in the season and risk injuring players before the playoffs.

The proposal would have to be presented and accepted by the OSSAA then sent to the member schools for a final vote.

“That will be on our proposal to the OSSAA,” said Velma-Alma coach Greg Gothard, the spokesman for the OFBCA advisory committee. “It might only benefit a minority of teams, but if we can help those teams without hurting the rest, it seems like a good idea.”


The OFBCA was still gathering feedback from coaches on a potential proposal that would increase the number of teams in Class 4A and shrink 3A-A.

It would change the makeup of each 11-man football class 4A and below to a 48-team class with eight six-team districts. Four teams from each district would still make the playoffs, so the postseason structure would not be impacted.

Opposition to the idea consisted of coaches who disliked the idea of having five non-district games every year. However, coaches frustrated by the current setup, which leaves many schools in districts with an odd number of teams, were in favor of it.

Currently, Class 4A has 32 teams, while 3A-A have 58-59 teams each. This proposal would also allow for a few Class A teams to drop down to the 8-man classes.

The OFBCA leaders were still getting feedback from coaches and had not determined if they'd present the proposal to the OSSAA.

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
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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