High School Football

SCHSL will talk reclassification at Tuesday's meeting

ccox@islandpacket.comJanuary 21, 2013 

The S.C. High School League's executive committee will meet in Columbia Tuesday to decide whether to move forward with a proposal that could drastically realign the state's high school football teams.

Commissioner Jerome Singleton emailed a mock realignment to school superintendents, principals and athletics directors last month, laying out his plan for the future of the state's high school football. The proposal featured a plan to eliminate the state's multiple divisions in Class 1-A, 2-A and 4-A and instead shift the 200 schools into five 40-team divisions.

The move, Singleton noted, would bring an end to a system that awards seven state championships, features playoff byes in 2-A and allows teams to reach the postseason with losing records.

If the proposal has enough support it will move ahead to a later meeting. No official action can be taken today as schools will be reclassified using the 135-day average daily membership, which is filed with the education department. The 45-day report was used to create the initial proposal.

That report saw Bluffton High move to Division 5, the league reserved for the state's largest schools. The proposal also put Beaufort High and Hilton Head Island High in Division 4. Battery Creek would be the area's only Division 3 school while Ridgeland-Hardeeville and Whale Branch Early College High School be in Division 2.

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