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LHSAA votes to split public, private school playoffs

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Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:45 AM by Michael Cauble, Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 1:00 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: LHSAA, high school sports, public schools, private schools, football, playoffs

BATON ROUGE - Sports 2 reports a controversial plan to split private and public school football teams up when they reach the playoffs passed at the final day of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's annual convention.

Proposition 18 divides the 388-school organization into separate playoffs for "non-select" schools and "select" schools, while keeping the regular season intact.

The "select" schools would include mostly private schools, while "non-select" schools would be primarily traditional public schools.

According to the Advocate newspaper, two previous attempts to split the LHSAA failed in 1998 and 2004 were based on completely separate divisions for public and private schools.

"There's nothing from the LHSAA handbook standpoint that would allow you to do anything with this until next year," said Kenny Henderson, LHSAA Executive Director, about amending the new rule. "This time next year would be when, from the LHSAA's point of view, that something could take place."

Sports 2 will have more details on how this will shake up the state's football scene later tonight.

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