The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association recently held its year-end meeting following the 2012 state finals. Among the items discussed were plenty of significant importance, including a new All-Star game with Michigan, two North-South Classics, the Public vs Private debate, spring ball and a new state finals format…
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The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association recently held its year-end meeting following the 2012 state finals.
Among the items discussed were plenty of significant importance, including a new All-Star game with Michigan, two North-South Classics, the Public vs Private debate, spring ball and a new state finals format…
*There will be TWO North-South Games in 2013
OHSFCA directors voted to expand the Ohio North-South Classic to two games starting this spring. There will now be a Division I-III game and a Division IV-VI game. The OHSFCA said the reason for the change was to allow double the players (144 up from 72) and coaches to participate in the nation’s oldest all-star event.
*North-South game changing venue
This year’s two North-South games will be held April 27 (Saturday) at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. The game has been held in Columbus since 2001 and the last couple years has been contested at Ohio Stadium in conjunction with the Buckeyes Spring Game. The reason for the relocation? The OHSFCA wanted to do more in Southwest Ohio with most events annually occurring in the Northeast (state finals) and Central (North-South) part of the state. Dayton also is a prime location (easily accessible) and venue (owned by public schools, eliminates NCAA issues).
*New All-Star Game with Michigan in the Works
After four straight losses to Ohio in the Big 33, Pennsylvania dumped the Buckeye State this year in favor of Maryland. No sweat. The OHSFCA is now in negotiations with Michigan to play an annual all-star game. The first game would be played at the University of Toledo in June 2014. The 2015 game would be in Michigan. Potential locations include Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan (Brady Hoke wants to host it at the Big House). The game would be held in Toledo every other year.
*Seven State Finals Next Year…Proposed Schedules
Despite the fact that the OHSFCA voted against a seven-division playoff system the OHSAA accepted it. Now the OHSAA has requested input from the OHSFCA regarding the new format for next year’s state finals – which at this time – will include seven games, instead of six. The three proposals turned in by the OHSFCA included:
1) D-VII on Thursday night, 3 games on Friday, 3 games on Saturday.
2) 3 games on Friday, 3 games on Saturday, D-I on Sunday.
3) 2 games Friday, 3 games on Saturday, 2 games on Sunday.
*Public vs Private Playoff Split
The OHSFCA discussed the upcoming memorandum vote and agreed the situation – to be voted upon by principals in May – could get ugly. It was also presented that a group of private schools have already discussed leaving the OHSAA should the spilt pass and that these schools would abandon recruiting regulations. If that happens, public schools have discussed countering by not granting any harbin points to public schools that schedule a private school.
A plan/initiative is being formed that would include 10 hours of expanded instruction with a ball but no helmets and no pads.
The OHSFCA State 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge will be held in conjunction with the OHSFCA Hall of Fame weekend, which is Saturday, June 22. A site is still being determined.