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Old 02-03-15, 07:02 PM
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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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Old 02-04-15, 02:35 PM
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Opinion: Expanded HS Football Playoffs a Terrible Idea
Ventura County Star (California)

News item: The CIF State Federated Council has adopted a plan to dramatically expand the California high school football playoffs and grant every section champion a berth in the state regionals.

Reaction: Seriously?

There's a reason why every single league in Ventura County voted against this plan and the CIF-Southern Section Council - representing that state's largest section - voted overwhelmingly to oppose just last week. Make that several reasons.

How about the best interests of its student-athletes, the goodwill of its member schools and just plain common sense?

To backtrack: The state's new plan, set to debut next fall, increases the number of participants in the state playoffs from 18 to 51. The number of state bowl championship game grows from 6 to 13. For schools in the Southern Section, it means that every single CIF-SS champion plays in a regional contest.

The state heralds the end results: Now 13 football teams can win a state championship! Whoopee.

The real losers are the athletes and their schools.

Truth is, a high school football season that is already too long, just got longer. For teams fortunate enough to win a CIF-SS championship, the season grinds on.

Now it's 15 games, perhaps 16, maybe 17.

"That's an awful lot of football games to ask a high school athlete to play," said David Hess, the athletic director at Ventura High and a member of the football coaching staff. "What does the NFL play? Sixteen games in the regular season. We're asking our kids to play about the same number of games as a professional."

That's a lot of wear and tear, and the possibility of injuries increase exponentially.

There are other reasons the Long, Long Season is a bad idea.

Hess points out that it clearly hurts the winter sports. Lots of football kids play basketball, soccer or move on to wrestling. For athletes participating in the state playoffs, the ability to compete in the winter season is compromised.

Then, of course, there are the expenses. Team A wins the Northern Division football plays and draws what in the state regionals? A road trip to Fresno-Clovis West? A bus ride to Bakersfield?

That bus trip, by the way, comes out of the school budget. So do the meals and travel costs.

"We don't get reimbursed," Hess said.

The Southern Section Council, at its meeting last week, opposed the plan, 61-16.

The Channel, Marmonte, Pacific View and Tri-County Athletic Association all voted in opposition.

At last Friday's meeting of the State Federation Council, which convenes all California high school sections, the plan eked by with a 71-64 margin. The measure required 69 votes to pass.

Even before Friday's session, Hess saw what was coming.

"Every vote that has been held on the state playoffs since its inception, the Southern Section has opposed," he said. "Every time, the plan has been passed by the state. Every time."

For winning teams, the reward is ... go long. Give me a break.

Wait, that's more than the athletes and the schools will get.
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Old 02-06-15, 05:53 PM
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Shame they can't play them all at one place over a weekend. Seems they still want to only do 5 games at Sacramento, and the other 8 elsewhere around the state.

Shame, would've been a fun road trip to see games out there.
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Old 02-08-15, 12:01 AM
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If the AD's are that upset about the possibility of playing for a state title after a 10-game regular season (OH, THE HORROR!), they could just decline the playoff berth.
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