405 schools currently have some kind of football program in the Georgia High School Association at present, and the champs were just named this past weekend at the Georgia Dome.
33 schools from Class A (the smallest class) and 5A (the largest class) met in the south central town of Rochelle yesterday to discuss the idea of breaking off from the GHSA because of a perceived lack of action concerning the private school occupation and dominance in the Class A events.
As a side note, all four semi-finalists from Class A this year were private institutions... Savannah Christian, Landmark Christian, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, and Prince Avenue Christian...
FOSG Robert Hydrick was in Rochelle...
And FOSG Darnay Tripp has their version...
((HT: 13WMAZ-TV Macon))
There is talk that a second tier meeting will occur next week with a final decision due by January 4th. All GHSA reclassification appeals are due in to their office a few days later...
Having, practically, one-third of the schools from the smallest classification secede can't be good financially for the GHSA. They would, at the very least, be out close to $11,000 in membership dues alone plus the cut they take from all playoff activities.
A rundown of Class A's future is like this ((courtesy, GHSA)), and the schools that attended the meeting in Rochelle are in bold-face...
Savannah Country Day
Emanuel Co. Institute
Eagles Landing Christian
Our Lady of Mercy
Strong Rock Christian
Mt. Zion, Carroll
North Cobb Christian
SW Atlanta Christian
Christian Heritage (Dalton)
Ga. School for Deaf
Georgia Military Prep
George Walton Academy
Prince Ave. Christian
So, you see what the secession would do... and what the easiest solution may be is that public schools and private schools stay in their own regions, play crossovers, and when the playoffs arrive- play public versus public and private versus private until the title game where the public champ plays the private champ.
Regions 1 and 2 would stay as is. Region 5 would stay as is. Region 8 could stay as is- minus Commerce (who could be given the option of playing up or moving to roadtripping in region 7). Brookstone and Pacelli could be absorbed into Region 5 leaving Region 4 as is. Region 6 could stay as is- the exceptions being the public schools- Mt. Zion, Carroll, Gordon-Lee, and Trion.
There are very few issues: Calvary Day, Savannah Christian, and Country Day in region 3, are the larger ones. Aquinas can move from one sub-region to the other with Twiggs and Wilkinson moving to Subregion A.
You add a region (7A and 7B), but divide the play until the championship...
And the world is saved- at least, in Single-A...
The HQ is hearing that other schools are putting out feelers as well in high classifications in addition to what Tift County did by attending the meeting...
More when we hear more...