“And the survey says …”
It’s a famous catch-phrase on a popular TV game show.
This week it could usher in some of the most intriguing moments at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s summer meeting.
It’s no secret the LHSAA has offered plenty of surveys for its member schools to fill out during the tenure of Executive Director Kenny Henderson.
But the one sent out to member schools most recently could be the most telling of all for those hoping to catch a glimpse of what the future might hold for the LHSAA.
The story of Episcopal’s fight to garner an extra year of eligibility for soon-to-be 19-year-old Clement Mubungirwa has grabbed headlines the past two months as the Louisiana Legislature got involved and approved a pending law that would require third-party arbitration for eligibility disputes.
Also in the headlines was the legal battle that helped put Livonia back in the baseball playoffs after the school was sanctioned for having a freshman the LHSAA ruled ineligible.
Meanwhile, questions about the future of the LHSAA have simmered on the backburner.
Is the divide between the organization’s public and private schools too much to overcome?
What would happen if there is a vote that splits LHSAA into separate groups for select and nonselect schools for all sports and not just football?
Would private schools split to form their own association and, if so, when would it happen?
Could the schools choose to subdivide within the LHSAA and how would it work?
The four-question survey sent to principals won’t answer most of these questions directly. But it could give everyone, including the media and the public, an idea of what school leaders think. Over 200 of the LHSAA’s 389 member schools have filled out the survey.
Henderson confirmed one question asks principals if they want things to remain the way they are with split championships only for football.
Another asks if principals want schools to compete against each other in all sports for championship honors. The third asks if separate championships in all sports is a better plan. The fourth question asks member schools for their suggestions.
Let’s face it, inquiring minds want to know. Henderson will share the details of the survey with the School Relations Committee at its Wednesday meeting before offering results to the executive committee either Thursday or Friday.
School Relations Committee Chairman Mike Boyer of Teurlings Catholic seeks reasons for optimism as his group looks at ways to keep the LHSAA together. No one knows for sure what will happen next. One thing is certain: This meeting shouldn’t be boring.
Ellender defensive lineman Brandon Brinson has committed to Louisiana Tech.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Brinson also picked up a recent offer from Louisiana-Lafayette after having 67 tackles and eight sacks as a junior. Ellender is coached by ex-Scotlandville coach Terry Washington.
Meanwhile, Plaquemine offensive lineman Kevin Dotson has picked up offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, McNeese and Southern.