Expanded playoffs idea being broached today

March 06, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Allegany County School Superintendent John O'Connell will push a proposal to expand the state high school football playoffs at a meeting in Annapolis today of the Public School Superintendents Association.

O'Connell's proposal would shrink the regular season to nine weeks, and expand playoffs to four weeks with 64 teams instead of 32.

"Two years ago a proposal to expand to 64 teams was rejected by the [Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's policy-making] Board of Control because it would have required an extra week to complete the season," O'Connell said. "This proposal addresses that concern."

Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association that runs the tournaments, said that a proposal similar to O'Connell's was presented to an ad hoc committee studying the football playoffs two years ago. "A similar proposal was dismissed fairly early in that committee's deliberations. But who knows? Maybe there's a different attitude now," he said.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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