Proposal for letting success-starved athletic programs drop a class will go nowhere

The OSSAA is ruled by administrators of small districts that have little interest in the travails of those from the big cities
by Berry Tramel Published: September 16, 2012
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photo - Bridge Creek sidelines during a high school football scrimmage between John Marshall and Bridge Creek at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman. ORG XMIT: KOD
Bridge Creek sidelines during a high school football scrimmage between John Marshall and Bridge Creek at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman. ORG XMIT: KOD

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.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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