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Big UIL changes
Posted by Greg Tepper on 22 October 2012

The University Interscholastic League -- the UIL -- is making some changes for the 2013 Texas high school football season, and, well, they could be huge.

The biggest change is that, beginning in 2013, four teams from each Class 3A and Class 2A district will make the playoffs. This essentially puts those districts in the same boat as 5A and 4A, which currently send four teams from each district to the playoffs. The debate over how many teams from each district should make the playoffs is as testy as they come in Texas high school football -- some argue that the more teams that make the playoffs, the better; others argue that it waters down the product.

The UIL also passed a referendum ballot to split Class 3A into Division I and Division II. Class 2A, 1A and six-man are already pre-split into Division I and Division II, and there have been rumblings that a similar situation is coming to Class 3A. The vote will now go to the superintendents, and if passed, we could see the rare mid-alignment realingment for Class 3A.

There will, in fact, be a Class 6A, but that doesn't mean much is changing. Essentially, the Six-Man class will become Class 1A, Class 1A will become Class 2A, and so on. It's in name only.

The UIL also passed a rule that charter schools will be required to play in the smallest class in their area. This seems like a small tweak, but could have far-reaching implications for charter schools, especially six-man schools and schools in West Texas. For example, the Lubbock charter school would suddenly have to jump to Class 3A, a near impossibility. 

Also of note: the UIL changed the language regarding televised games. In short, effective immediately, all playoff games can be televised if both schools agree to the braodcast. This is a big step for the UIL, who has remained staunchly against the broadcast of Friday night games.

Credit to the Dallas Morning News' Corbett Smith, who was the first to report these changes via Twitter.


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