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Football: CIF Regional playoff proposal to return

September 14, 2010 | 11:56 am

A proposal to have a 16-game high school football schedule that would include Regional playoffs and state bowl championship games is expected to be sent next year for consideration to the sports sections in the California Interscholastic Federation.

A similar proposal was rejected two years ago because schools were against moving up the start of the football season, but more schools have begun starting classes in early August, which could create the opportunity for starting the season at the end of August or the first week in September. Another potential obstacle is the wisdom of a small number of teams playing a 16-game schedule.

Jim Crichlow, the commissioner for the Central Section, said he hopes to discuss a proposal at a commissioners meeting next month and could present a proposal at the State Federated Council meeting on Nov. 1 in Ontario. The proposal would be sent to sections for consideration early next year, but implementation might not happen until the 2012 season.

-- Eric Sondheimer