TSSAA elects to stand pat on most state championship sites

Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:59pm
Staff reports

The TSSAA reaffirmed Monday its comfort with Rutherford County and the city of Murfreesboro as a site for state championship competitions.

The organization’s Board of Control met in the morning and agreed to four-year extensions for Rutherford County to host the boys and girls basketball championships as well as SpringFling, which consists of baseball, softball, tennis and track and field and boys soccer. Those extensions run through the 2016-17 school year.

Additionally, the board instructed the state office to discuss with Rutherford County possibilities to host the girls soccer state tournament. That event, which takes place in the fall, has been contracted to Chattanooga through this year.

The state basketball tournaments have been played at Middle Tennessee State University for more than 20 years, and SpringFling has been in Murfreesboro since 2006.

The organization also agreed to a four-year extension for the state football championships to remain in Cookeville through 2016. Those games, previously held in Murfreesboro, have been played at Tennessee Tech since 2009.

Among other business conducted at the meeting was:

• Financial reports on SpringFling and each of the five sports included in the event.

• A vote to continue to award $27,000 in scholarships to students at schools that are selected for the A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Award.

• An update on regional basketball sites for the 2012-13 school year.

• A review of the timeline for classification.

• Approval of the 2012-13 TSSAA budget.