Caddo Parish schools get reprieve, will not receive playoff bans _lowres


Plenty of people have a Christmas tree and other decorations up by now. Most of that Thanksgiving turkey is probably gone.

So perhaps it’s only appropriate for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee to talk turkey now.

The committee is set to meet Monday and Tuesday at the LHSAA office to discuss a wide variety of topics that include agenda items for the January convention, the hiring of a new executive director and some strategic planning.

What does all of this mean? We’ll see Monday and Tuesday.

The term “talk turkey” isn’t just my attempt to turn one more Thanksgiving phrase. It’s an idiom that means to “talk frankly” or to “mean business.”

It’s also a pretty accurate assessment of what the executive committee needs to do. In addition to reviewing proposals submitted by member principals, the executive committee is set to get a report from the School Relations Committee that includes its agenda recommendations.

Unless you’ve been under a rock the past couple of years, you know what the LHSAA is facing. There’s a real possibility that the 2013 vote to split the LHSAA football championships into separate groups for select and nonselect schools could extend to other sports.

Many High Principal Norman Booker III was set to put up a proposal that would extend the split to several other sports. That’s one issue.

Whether you like the current system or hate it, everyone agrees that nine football championships is too many. Seven is considered by some to be the “magic” number.

How do you get to seven? One School Relations Committee recommendation would reportedly reunite select/nonselect schools in 5A and 4A. The remaining 3A to 1A select schools would be divided into two groups.

The notion of dividing brings up another point. Could private/select schools choose to leave the LHSAA if there’s no palatable compromise?

Public school coaches and administrators are saying it won’t happen. Their private school counterparts have held closed-door meetings to discuss options dating to the January 2013 vote to split.

I’ll talk turkey for just a second. Both sides have their own delusions about what the other will do. They have issues with the LHSAA and each other. Neither should underestimate the other. And I haven’t even mentioned the search for a new executive director yet.

The application deadline was Nov. 21 and the search committee has been reviewing résumés. Former West Monroe Principal Buddy Reed and ex-Louisiana-Monroe football coach Pat Collins are supposedly in that group.

It will be interesting to see what transpires. Maybe turkey sandwiches can be worked into the menu.

Nominations, teams due

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