The PIAA Board of Directors will discuss and (hopefully) vote of the 15-week football season proposal at some point this morning.
Currently, the BOD is conducting a hearing. Once the Board takes up the issue, we’ll blog it. I’ll tweet out the start of the the discussion.
PIAA executive director Brad Cashman is currently giving his report, which includes football. Among the items in his report is the approval of football championship brackets for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. The brackets in the PIAA agenda are for 15 weeks, not 16 weeks.
Don’t get too excited: The Board will likely bypass approving championship brackets until it votes on the 15-week proposal, which is probably about a half-hour away (it’s 9:20 a.m. at this post).
Sorry for the lack of update, but the discussion now is about junior high kids playing football in community programs outside the defined season. It’s a District 1 / 12 issue and the rest of the Board is showing its disinterest.
Now we’re on to proposed PIAA by-law amendments that are not directly related to football. Should go quickly, but we’re still nowhere near the 15-week vote, and the next hearing is bearing down on the Board.
As expected, the second hearing of the day is taking place. The football discussion has been put off for at least another half hour (post at 10:10 a.m.)
Sorry to tell you, the hearing is still going on, and the football vote is getting farther and farther away. In fact, it’s possible it won’t be addressed this morning. The third hearing is on deck, and kickoff for the Class A championship game is 1 p.m. The window is closing.
The Mike McQueary testimony in Harrisburg is fascinating, though.
Wow! District 3 chairman Sam Elias goes off, ripping the Board for delaying the football discussion. Sam said that the matter should have been discussed Friday night, that it was clearly the most important matter of the meeting. Bravo!
Finally, the football issue … no, wait. The PIAA will first discuss the definition of boundary and non-boundary schools as they relate to the PIAA transfer rule.
Huge blowup in the room between Sean McAleer, counsel for the Catholic Conference, and PIAA president Rod Stone.
The definitions are tabled to January.
Now, football …
District 5 chair Virg Palumbo asks if a district can mandate an early start. District 1 rep Rod Stone asks if the district is generating a schedule. Stone says no.
Palumbo insists that if D5 wants to execute its Class A playoffs the way it wants, it MUST mandate an early start.
Elias says he doesn’t understand this new issue. He notes that the issue has been discussed thoroughly and that new interpretations of the proposal are (this is my word) specious.
Ron Kennedy of District 3 says there is a perception that there is new information on the matter. He notes there is at least one Board member missing. He’s suggesting this has to go back to the districts for another round of informational discussion.
Dan Cardone of District 7 says the schedules have to get done and out in February. He says the vote has to happen now.
Coaches rep Ron Kanaskie moves to table. It fails, 13-14.
Sam Elias of District 3 moves to vote on the matter. It is seconded.
Male parents’ rep Dale Myers surprises by saying he cannot support the current proposal. He’s a supporter of increased classifications and says that he doesn’t see that the 16th week is a problem.
This is crazy. This matter has been discussed and analyzed to death. The bottom line is that some districts who were going to lose qualifiers are getting cold feet. The sense now is that the matter will fail to pass when it comes to a vote. And it will come to a vote with a motion on the floor.
Call for question:
It fails, 16 yes, 10 no, 1 abstention
16 weeks lives. And here’s something funny: the PIAA has no brackets ready for a 16-week playoff. They will be simple enough to draw up, but it shows how crazy the whole process has been.
Have to dash over to the stadium for football.