The California Interscholastic Federation will vote whether to expand the state football playoffs to include all section champions at its Federated Council meeting in San Jose tomorrow and Saturday, and the decision looks like it won’t be quite so easy to predict after all.
With the Southern Section, by far the state’s largest, voting against the proposal to expand state bowl games from five to 13 divisions, the chances of it passing took a bit of a hit. According to the OC Register, the proposal is failing 63-57 with 19 votes undeclared as of Thursday afternoon.
The proposal needs 69 votes to pass, so there’s still a good chance it will. Twelve of the undeclared votes do not belong to an individual section. Instead, they are “allied” votes, and go these groups or individuals: Cal Coaches Assoc. (CCA), Ca. Assoc. of Private School Organization (CAPSO), California State A.D. Association (CSADA), Calif. School Boards Assoc (CSBA), Association of Ca. School Administrators (ACSA), Superintendents Representative, Ca. Department of Education, Ca. Assoc. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Ca. Assoc. of Directors of Activities (CADA), State CIF President, State CIF Past President, State CIF President-Elect.
The vote could also hinge on whether the CIF agrees to revise language allowing non section champions from sections with an Open Division to advance. According to colleague Darren Sabedra of the San Jose Mercury News, the CCS’ delegates will vote yes on the proposal if the language is changed. The OC Register’s latest vote tally accounted for the CCS voting no.
Last week, the North Coast Section was the first to decide to vote no on the expansion, which would go into effect this fall if passed. The reasoning from the NCS (as well as the SS) included safety concerns about the length of the season. Delegates from both sections brought up the point that it seems contradictory to be expanding the season when at the same time they are voting to limit contact in practice.