Absolutely it's proper to adjust for advantages. I don't know why it's so complicated. Just make any school that controls its enrollment — both in number and in particular individual — bump up a class. Seems perfectly fair, so long as you don't limit it to private schools.
But to single out only the successful, or only a certain segment of the advantaged, that's bogus.
And it leads to the slippery slope, as we see with the OKC/Tulsa/PC proposal.
Some other plans would more adequately address the problem. Allowing schools to play outside OSSAA designated districts, with no access to the official playoffs, would be a good start. The OSSAA currently doesn't allow it, because it might take 15 minutes extra administration.
Or limiting the number of teams in Class 6A football. That would help only a few schools, like U.S. Grant or Tulsa Edison, but it would have the biggest impact, keeping schools that trot out 20-man teams against the likes of Edmond North and Broken Arrow.
But again, the private school rule has set the course. Advantage is not the primary factor. Success counts equal.
Makes you wonder why we don't just move up all successful programs. And move down all non-successful programs. Because if you penalize success, you must reward lack of success.
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