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High schools: New proposal to alter Class 6A football on horizon

Proposal will be presented to the OSSAA board of directors at their next meeting on Feb. 6.
by Scott Wright Published: January 27, 2013

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.

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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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