Fambrough: Questions abound and little time for LHSAA to find answers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine

Notre Dame-Crowley football coach Lewis Cook and his staff presented three proposals at Wednesday’s football coaches’ forum at the LHSCA’s Coaches Clinic.

Could dividing schools up into groups of metro schools and rural schools be a solution to select vs. nonselect? That’s an option.

All three proposals would divide LHSAA schools based on their location in relation to one of eight Louisiana metro areas – Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Northsore/I10 and Shreveport.

Schools located within 9.5 miles of a densely populated metro area are considered metro in each plan.

Schools located beyond those boundaries would be rural. Though the plan is designed to address football, Cook said he feels like it could be used for other sports as well.

Cook plans to present the plan to the LHSAA’s Task Force for select/nonselect issues that is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the LHSAA office.

The 3x3x1 divides schools into three divisions each for metro and rural and also allows for a single division for all Louisiana schools with enrollments of 219 or less. The 3x3x1 breakout also includes a look at what the 2014 football playoffs would have looked like if teams were plugged into the plan.

LHSAA Proposal 3x3x1

The 3x3 plan divides schools in three metro and three rural divisions.

LHSAA Proposal 3x3

The 4x4 plan divides schools four metro and four rural divisions.

LHSAA Proposal 4x4