Luers Coach Okay With Proposed Rule Change To Impact Winning Programs

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The head coach of the Bishop Luers High School football team says he's confident a proposed rule change by the IHSAA is not designed to punish catholic schools with a long history of winning championships.

On Friday, Luers claimed its ninth championship, by knocking off North Putnam.

The student body stood and clapped as the school’s fight song was played during a Monday afternoon rally to celebrate the latest chapter in Luers’ illustrious history of winning titles.

The outcome never seemed in doubt, when the Knights defeated North Putnam by a 26-14 count.

Last week, Indiana’s NewsCenter reported that the IHSAA could vote in January on a rule change, that would force schools winning two titles in a row, to move up to the next higher class for the next two-year cycle.

Coach Matt Lindsay says he doesn't have a big problem with that.

Matt Lindsay/Bishop Luers Football Coach: " It's a competition clause. They feel if you're good enough to win two in a row in a class, maybe you should bump up and try it at the next level. When you look at it that way, maybe it's not that bad a thing, so, right now I'm just going to wait and see."

Lindsay wants to see if the rule change is eventually approved, and if it is tweaked in any way prior to a vote.

The proposal envisioned now would impact public and private schools alike, because it would only apply to schools repeating a title in a particular sport.

As long as it doesn't address private schools specifically, Lindsay says he can live with it.

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