PIAA news: Proposal for 15-week football season moves forward
Some PIAA-related news to pass along this morning... At its board of directors meeting Friday, the PIAA pushed forward a proposal that would lop a week off the high school football postseason, thereby reducing the current 16-week forwat to 15 weeks. RodFrisco.com first reported the details of the proposal, which passed unanimously. The simple version is this: The amount of football teams that qualify for the postseason out of District 3 -- and most districts, for that matter -- would be cut in half. So in Class AAAA and AAA, the amount of playoff qualifiers would be slashed from 16 to eight. In Class AA, it would drop from eight qualifiers to four. As for the local impact? The YAIAA had 11 district playoff teams last fall. Under this proposal, only six of those teams would have qualified. Seventh-seeded Bermudian Springs stunning upset of No. 2 seed Littlestown would have never happened. Before we get too far ahead, let's pump the brakes. The deal is NOT done. It must pass two more readings in December and October. If that happens, the new format would take effect for the 2012 football season. Stay tuned... In other PIAA news, the organization's longtime executive director, Brad Cashman, announced today this will be his last season in charge. Cashman plans to retire on July 13, 2012. Cashman has York County ties. Before being hired by the PIAA in 1980, he spent 10 years as a teacher and coach at Northern York High School. He currently resides in Hanover. For more on Cashman, head here.