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LHSAA will "wait and see," split on split

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The LHSAA Executive Committee spent the better part of three days this week trying to set the agenda for its annual convention next month.  One of the highest profile issues has been the move to repeal the ruling which split the high school football playoffs this year between public and private schools.  Word had filtered out Tuesday night that each of the state's five classifications would be allowed to vote on whether to continue the split or not at a vote next month.

Wednesday the LHSAA decided to wait and see what other information might be gathered when coaches and administrators are all together next week in New Orleans for the state football championships.  Instead of five championship games there will be nine as private schools have been relegated to four divisions of their own, while the public schools continue to play 5A though 1A levels.

Shreveport schools Calvary and Byrd have a two week wait to play their state championship games after having needed only two wins to reach the state finals.  Both are "select" schools and Byrd coach Mike Suggs and Calvary coach John Bachman have both said they would have preferred the system remained as it had always been.  At the same time, they are football coaches and they play the schedules they're given.  

Former LHSAA Commissioner Tommy Henry fought the move to split the schools twice during his more than two decade tenure and has been an outspoken critic of the split.  Henry tells KTBS 3 Sports, "I think it's a big mistake. I think it's divided our association.  What are you going to do when you're, select school, non-select school, when a kid goes after a job and there's only one job, give him two jobs? Cut it in half? They need to learn to compete together against each other. You can't just give them things."

It appears what the LHSAA and its principals must ultimately decide is, what's the role of athletics in the high school experience and how do they best prepare young people for the world that lies ahead?  It will be interesting to see if the vote gets put on the ballot and if it is, what the various administrators decide.  What is best for the kids or what is best for those who oversee them?

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