UIL Considering Radical Football Realignment Plan

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SAN ANTONIO -- The complicated system used to provide competitive balance in Texas high school football could soon get a radical overhaul.

The University Interscholastic League is considering a plan to redraw competitive districts every two years. The plan to be formally presented in June would carve all U-I-L football classifications into two divisions for football.

The split-division system would need approval from
superintendents and coaches -- but it could be in place in time for
the 2008-09 school year.

U-I-L athletic director Charles Breithaupt says the proposal would increase competitive balance by grouping more schools of similar size together.

Under the new proposal, each class will be split into two,
16-district divisions before the start of the season. The model was
taken from a system used last year at the six-player level. Teams
initially bombarded the U-I-L with complaints, but they eventually
embraced the change.