Over the busy basketball tournament weekend that just passed, it was impossible to walk into a gym where a Class 6A team was playing without bumping into someone who wanted to talk football.
More specifically, the future structure of Class 6A, and the changes it might face.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's Constitution and Rules Review Committee recently met to develop a new proposal to address concerns of imbalance in the current 6A football system, which has been won by Jenks or Tulsa Union every year since 1996.
The proposal will be presented to the OSSAA board of directors at their next meeting on Feb. 6, OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said.
But the details of that proposal have been kept private, essentially to ensure that the board members hear it directly and completely from the committee, rather than gathering details through the rumor mill that might or might not be accurate.
“They've done a really good job of keeping this stuff quiet,” one Class 6A athletic director said over the weekend.
Sources indicated to The Oklahoman that the committee was fond of the idea that many 6A coaches and athletic directors have been in support of, which would keep the regular-season districting of Class 6A as it is, but split the playoffs into two divisions.
Under that plan, modeled after the system used in Texas, the class would remain as four eight-team districts, with the top four placing teams in each district making the playoffs. The two largest schools in attendance would be sent to the division one playoff bracket and the smallest two in division two.
At least that was the plan many coaches and athletic directors were pushing for when they met at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association clinic in early January, then again the next week.
Whether that plan makes it into the committee's proposal to the OSSAA board is still unclear.
Sources said the proposal from the committee is likely to include multiple options for the voting schools to consider. Only the 32 Class 6A schools will be allowed to vote on the proposal, but it must pass the OSSAA board first.
The board rejected a previous proposal by the committee that would have split the current Class 6A into two 16-team classes, 6A and 7A. That proposal was turned down by a vote of 7-6 in December.
Should the board accept the new proposal on Feb. 6, it would then be sent to a vote of the 6A member schools, with only a simple majority needed to pass.
The board and the football coaches are working against the clock. Any changes would have to be made before the next redistricting cycle is set, which will occur in late July to divide districts for the 2014-15 football seasons.