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New classes on TSSAA to-do list

New classes on TSSAA to-do list
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
The TSSAA Board of Control will meet tonight in Murfreesboro to discuss reclassification.
Executive Director Bernard Childress is expected to present multiple options  to the board he and his staff have compiled for classifying Division I schools, beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
The workshop session is expected to include a number of possible scenarios for football, including keeping the current six-class format as well as a five-class set-up and multiple three-class alignments, according to reports.
There’s also expected to be discussions on a four-class system for all sports other than football.
After tonight’s discussion, the board will then go through its regular summer agenda on Wednesday at the Embassy Suites before returning to the classification discussion, if necessary, either later Wednesday and/or Thurs-day.
Childress has said he’s hopeful of having a classification plan in place by the end of board meetings this week. If not, a special-called Board of Control meeting would likely be held in July. The next scheduled Board of Control meeting is Aug. 19.
Football programs across Tennessee will operate under what’s been referred to as the ‘Z-plan’ for the fourth straight year this fall.
Teams are divided into three classifications during the regular season, then split into six classes for the playoffs. Counting a pair of Division II champions crowned, there are eight state titleists in football.
A majority of football coaches across the state have been especially critical of the current plan that has produced some controversial playoff seedings and alignments during its three years of existence.
The remainder of prep sports — including basketball, baseball, softball, track and tennis — will again be separated into three classes for Division I teams for the 2012-13 school year.
Published in The Messenger 6.12.12

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