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CIF Votes to Dramatically Expand Football Playoffs

CIF Votes to Dramatically Expand Football Playoffs
by Mike Guardabascio, Press - Telegram (Long Beach California)

The CIF State Federated Council created a seismic shift in the world of California high school football Friday, approving a plan to drastically expand the state football championship bowl series.

Prior to the change, the bowl series had 18 teams participating (including a regional bowl game prior to the state championships) and six state championship games. There will now be 13 state championship divisions, with more than 50 teams participating in the regional bowl series.

Every champion from CIF's 10 sections will now advance to some level of the state championship series.

The move was made largely because the smaller sections in the state rarely had representation in the state championships.

The CIF-Southern Section - which governs schools in the portions of Southern California not covered by the L.A. City Section - voted against the proposal. It passed 71-64 in a tight vote.

The Central Coast and North Coast section also voted against the change, accounting for 61 of the no votes, CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod said.

"The other sections and several of the Allied Organizations had enough votes for it to pass," Wigod said. "I believe our section was satisfied with the current system that was in place and that is why we voted no."

Several section representatives felt the previous "best of the best" format was unfair for their areas.

"It's a great opportunity for our section alone," said Orlyn Culp, a Northern Section coach and the CIF Football Advisory Committee chairman, in the Redding Record Searchlight. "The young men of the North Section now has the opportunity that every other section in the union has afforded their kids."

This fall will see a number of changes to high school football, with new concussion protocols, restrictions on practice hours, and the addition of several new divisions. The championship games will also move from their longtime home at the StubHub Center in Carson to Sacramento State. However, with 13 games to play, it will likely be necessary to spread the series over multiple locations.
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