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Schools propose changes to state football playoffs

<p>Mount Carmel players raise the state title trophy after beating Glenbard North. | AP/Bradley Leeb</p>

Mount Carmel players raise the state title trophy after beating Glenbard North. | AP/Bradley Leeb

Big changes could be coming to IHSA football playoff format.

According to High School Cube News:

Almost everyone in the postseason? First-round byes? State finals in December?

These are some of the extreme makeovers being proposed for the Illinois High School Association’s football playoffs, whose 30th edition kicks off on Friday.

On Tuesday, the IHSA released a list of 24 amendments to its by-laws that have been pitched by member schools. The proposals will go before the IHSA’s Legislative Commission on Nov. 4 and be discussed at 28 Town Hall meetings around the state next month. On Nov. 25, the Legislative Commission will vote on which proposals will be put before the organization’s full membership for online voting between Dec. 2 and Jan. 8.

The proposals that figure to generate the most talk are three that could bring dramatic changes to the football playoffs, which now have 256 teams in eight classes leading to state finals Thanksgiving weekend.

Two of the three amendments were put forth by Chicago-area athletic directors Tricia Betthauser of Stevenson and Andy Lutzenkirchen of Naperville Central.

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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