TSSAA board votes to keep current high school playoff system

Monday, July 16, 2012 at 11:58pm
Staff reports

For at least another four years, the Tennessee high school playoff system won’t change.

On Monday, the Board of Control for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association voted 5-4 to keep the six-class Division I playoff system through the 2016 season. The nine-member board also voted to keep the two-class football system in Division II. All other sports will have three classes — A, AA and AAA.

Over the last three years, the six-class football playoff has received input from a multitude of coaches regarding seeding and teams left out of the bracket. In fact, the TSSAA surveyed high school administrators earlier this year and found 48 percent in favor of returning to five classes, which was used prior to 2009.

The board also voted to keep the multiplier for Division I independent schools at 1.8 along with not allowing any school to move up more than one classification in any sport. All changes go into effect starting with the 2013-14 season.

The board consists of high school administrators Chuck West (Dresden), Ike White (Westwood), Tommy Layne (Sequatchie County), Bryan True (Lewis County), Steve Chauncy (Hillwood), Jody Wright (Fulton), Mike Reed (Morristown West), Jerry Mathis (Tullahoma) and Fred Kessler (Bolivar).