Sound Off: Cox Proposes IHSAA Changes

By Eric Dutkiewicz

December 1, 2011 Updated Dec 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The private school versus public school debate has heated up again after seven of this year's ten football state finalists were Catholic Schools.

Catholic schools prevailed in four of the five classes (there are no private 5A schools in Indiana). Each of the four won their second or third consecutive state championships.

Though private schools count for 8 percent of institutions in the IHSAA, 57 percent of all of Indiana's athletics state titles over the past ten years were claimed by private schools, according to the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

IFCA members have overwhelmingly approved a proposal that seeks to end that dominance. In a nutshell, the football-only IFCA plan would create a sixth football class, assign point totals to postseason trophys and force specific sports at schools to move up based on accumulation of those points. Sectional seeding would also be used, based off Saragin ratings or something similar. The IFCA proposal could go to IHSAA Board of Directors for consideration later this month.

Similarly, IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox has proposed his own plan, too. Cox's plan, which applies to all sports, would also utilize a sport-specific points system that could determine teams' fate for two years. The Cox proposal could be presented to the IHSAA Board of Directors in April.

Cox joined Tommy Schoegler and Dean Pantazi on Sound Off to talk about his plan, and what different provisions could mean for member schools and student-athletes.

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