OKLAHOMA CITY — There won’t be any immediate changes to divide Class 6A football into two classifications.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s board of directors decided Wednesday to send the measure back to committee for further study.
The plan, developed by the OSSAA’s Constitution and Rules Review Committee, would divide the state’s top 32 schools into new 16-team classification in an effort to address the disparity in enrollment between the largest and smallest schools in the class.
The board voted 7-6 against sending the measure out the state’s largest high schools for ratification and voted 6-5 on a subsequent motion to send it back to committee for further study.
That was somewhat frustrating to Ed Sheakley, executive director of the OSSAA.
“Our committee met several times where the topic was discussed, we looked a lot of different models like Texas and Arkansas and concerns relating to districts, travel and playoffs. We thought we were pretty much aware of the discussions and concerns,” he said. “But it’s going back to committee.”
Muskogee athletic director Bobby Jefferson isn’t troubled by the wait and thinks there’s not enough awareness on the outside of the committee.
“I think we’re receptive to a change and the time is right to make a change, but as to an exact proposal, I don’t think anyone (who would vote) has had enough information and had time to give sufficient input as to what would be the right way to go,” he said. “There’s still some questions that need to be addressed.”
One question he said, is if it should just pertain to football. Jefferson is also the head wrestling coach. Another would regard impact of scheduling.
“Every program here faces this same set of circumstances,” he said. “In wrestling I like competing against Broken Arrow and the other big schools. But I also understand that a change would benefit Muskogee High School. But should it apply outside of football? Every program is in the same boat.