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High school notebook: Class 7A discussion on OSSAA agenda

The top 32 schools in enrollment would be divided into 16-team classes — 7A and 6A
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: December 3, 2012

The topic of a potential Class 7A in football will be discussed again by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors on Wednesday.

The board agenda includes an item for discussion “and possible action regarding the recommendations from the Constitution and Rules Review Committee.”

That committee made its recommendations on Class 7A among a variety of topics it sought to improve in the OSSAA constitution.

The recommendation made by the committee to the board would divide the current 32 schools of Class 6A into two 16-team classes for football only.

The goal of the committee was to best address the fact that Jenks and Tulsa Union have won every Class 6A state championship since 1996.

“We want to see if this is a viable option to level the playing field a little more,” Yukon superintendent Bill Denton said in November. Denton headed the committee and also serves on the board.

The board will discuss the issue, with the option to table it for further discussion, amend the plan, and potentially send it to the 32 Class 6A schools for a vote to approve it.

The earliest the new classes could be in place would be the 2014 football season, because the districts are already set for 2013.


Edmond Santa Fe running back/defensive back Phillip Sumpter announced on Twitter that he verbally committed to Memphis on Monday.

Sumpter is the third state player, along with Sequoyah-Tahlequah quarterback Brayden Scott and Ringling linebacker Jackson Dillon, to commit to the Tigers, who are coached by Oklahoma native Justin Fuente.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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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
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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