In January, 31 of the 32 Class 6A schools were represented at a meeting of mostly football coaches and athletic directors to discuss what they hoped to see as the future of the class. The majority of them favored a plan in which no divisions were made until after the regular season, at which point, the larger half of the playoff teams were put in one bracket, and the smaller half in another.
That plan was sent to the OSSAA, but the rules committee chose two different options for the ballot.
On Thursday, a day after the new plan for Class 6A football was made official, many coaches were most frustrated that their proposal wasn't given a chance in the vote.
Here's what some Class 6A coaches had to say after Wednesday's news of the new plan for Class 6A football:
Randy Breeze, Lawton: “It sounds like a good deal for us. Anybody that's in 17-32, it's a fair shot for them. We've had the pleasure of playing Jenks and Union quite a bit lately. In the last seven years, we've lost to one of those teams four times. We had Jenks beat at halftime and they came back and beat us, then we had Union down in overtime and they came back and beat us.
“I know people look at it and talk about there just being 16 teams, but when you think of the number of kids involved in those teams, that's a great deal of players.
“I think something needed to be done.”
Bob Wilson, Putnam City North: “I don't think it's a very good alternative. It's not what the coaches came up with, but I guess we have no say-so. It doesn't do anything but water down 6A, as far as I'm concerned.”
Todd Watters, Moore: “I'm not very happy with it. It doesn't benefit us. It hurts us since we're in a rebuilding process. I grew up in Oklahoma and coached in Texas and know the opinion of high school football there. I just think it waters it down. It's like the sports philosophy of ‘everybody gets a trophy.' I just don't think it represents the pride and quality of football as Oklahoma has.