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  1. I am not against your proposal at all. I just know many others would be. I'm looking for a middle ground solution.
  2. This would be a great solution to the seeding answer while still keeping all-in. It could satisfy all sides!
  3. This has probably been discussed before, but where will the new school land enrollment wise? I know they were both small, so still 1a or 2a? Definitely a sad thing for both individual schools, but some good things to look forward to. Turkey Run has long struggled in football. Rockville has traditionally been strong but have struggled recently. Perhaps combining them will help provide some new life to the program and give both sides the opportunity to suceed. Best of luck to the communities going forward.
  4. It appears in this instance that the head coach knew that the player was not eligible and played him anyway. That was referenced by rule 3-8 at the beginning of Coach Nowlin's post. In the case of EG, the coach was unknowing as it was some kind of error undiscovered by admin until after the fact.
  5. Not at all. Coaches actually handle the scheduling in this situation so that they can shape it to their liking. Schedule potential wins or schedule challenges if you like. Whatever your program needs. Matchups are contracted. Generally they are 2 year deals - home and home - but could be more if the teams agreed. As you said, block 3 weeks for mandated district games and the rest are up to you. I think this would be something coaches would enjoy or appreciate.
  6. Yes, travel can be an issue, but many schools face this anyway. Hour and a half trips are common in the Hoosier Hills Conference, for instance. Plus, if your district was only 4 teams, you'd only have 3 opponents that were mandatory to play and odds are no more than 2 of them would require a road trip in any given year. You could schedule the rest of your games to be local opponents if you wished. The thing I like about forcing travel is the opportunity to play different teams. Playing the same teams every year, then being forced to see them again in the playoffs gets old. It is nice to see different teams, communities, stadiums, etc. Kentucky rotates the districts you face in the playoffs so every year is different during the playoffs.
  7. Success is a relative term, but if you were to apply it overall, it would be a winning season. But you are correct, it could be different for a program who has struggled versus a program who is used to success.
  8. Providence is always a tough, physical football team, regardless of style of play. They do tend to play a tougher schedule which lends itself well come playoff time. I haven't seen Linton play but based on their season and history, I would say they will be too much for the Pioneers and will probably win by at least 2-3 scores.
  9. Many on here are complaining about teams getting left out. In Kentucky, the only teams that don't make it really don't deserve to make it, as the majority of them have between zero and wins and would have no hope of beating anyone in any tournament. My proposal for Indiana is to follow the Kentucky structure but utilizing current sectional alignments split in two, no one would actually be left out. And you are correct, there are blow outs in the first round like any other tournament. People there complain about that too, but then I like to remind them of the Indiana playoff set up and then they gain a little perspective and relax. The reality is, it rewards those who have a successful regular season.
  10. I've chimed in on this debate numerous times over the years. @Footballking16, you will have to understand that for people who have not experienced the qualifier/seeded tournament, they do not understand and are fearful of such a change. I was the same way. I grew up and played and coached in Indiana until I got into teaching and took a job in Kentucky. Having experienced the Kentucky format, it was quite an adjustment when I came back to Indiana. I really like the setup over there and wish we could do the same. I believe it is the balance that people in this state are looking for. However, it will never happen. Here's why; conferences. They do not exist in Kentucky. They play in districts that are arranged by 1) enrollment and 2) location. It would essentially be our sectional alignments. If we were to do it, that'd be the clear solution. Split the sectionals in two to make 4 team districts. You are required to play the three opposing teams in your district and the rest of your schedule is open. The thing is, for most sectionals, they are primarily conference opponents any way. Scheduling flexibility is great, as you can schedule what your program needs. Trying to build? Schedule some wins. Taking the next step? Schedule some tough games. The playoffs are determined based on placement in your district. First place is a 1 seed, second is 2. In the first round, you match up with an opposing district. Seed 1 from district 1 plays seed 4 from district 2. It's all pretty cut and dry - there are no formulas. You finish where you finish. Nearly everyone in the state makes the playoffs. They have approximately 220 teams playing but there is no reason it wouldn't work with our current set up here. Like I said, people who haven't experienced it can't understand. We can talk about the regular season games meaning more. And they do. You have no idea how awesome the game was we played our cross county rival for the district title week 9. I've never experienced an atmosphere like that in 15 years in Indiana. It was significant because not only did you want to be district champs, but you also wanted the best draw in the tournament. Indiana does not have those incentives. And it does change the games. I assure you. Unfortunately, Indiana is far too traditional to make any large scale changes, especially when it impacts the concept of the conference. I am all in for the Kentucky format and will always be a proponent, while understanding the realities. In the mean time, we'll cheer on for high school football in Indiana, as regardless of how it is set up and played out, it is an awesome game.
  11. Sectional 31 - Class 3A

    I don't think this is the same team Brownstown faced in semi-state last year as they graduated a lot from that team. However, Brownstown did too. This is evident with close games for Lawrenceburg against Batesville, Franklin County and Greensburg. All are solid programs, but they did not play them close last year. It should be a great game. Best of luck to all teams.
  12. Hoosier Hills Conference 2017

    You said it. Talent is the key. It isn't just walking the halls as many people want to believe. Like many coaches in many places, teams are successful when they are more talented. Some places just don't have much of it. Sure, there are coaches who get poor players to be average and average players to be above average. But no coach can take no talent and make them win a bunch of games. As you have made clear, you do not understand the workings of the program. They do have vertical alignment. The middle school teams run the same basic schemes as the high school. They work close with the youth leagues. They hold camps. They have in school strength and conditioning. What more can you do from a program development perspective there? It is about culture. It is the same culture that has gripped the school for 50 years and makes it incredibly difficult to hire a highly qualified coach. When they were able to hire Scott Buening, it could be considered quite the coup. He had been the offensive coordinator for 8 years at powerhouse East Central. In 4 years, he was 12-28, with the high mark being a 5-5 season. Those guys worked their tails off to move that program forward. Then he moves on to Southridge where he is now 40-14 in his 5th season. Did he forget how to coach while at JC? No. It was a different culture. Go ahead. Get rid of Coach Z. But I'm afraid you'll be disappointed in what you can attract, especially in the likelihood that there are no teaching positions. Like I said, you have all the answers, so I hope to see you get your shot. That would be foolish. We seem to forget that someone must be at the bottom. Not everyone can win. Both of those schools are set within their current conferences to contend every year for the title (and realistically, SC is just emerging to contend in the MSC). Why would they move to a conference where they'd be the smallest schools? Not to mention, Bedford to EC would be brutal.
  13. Hoosier Hills Conference 2017

    Then be sure to put your name in the hat. Apparently you have all the answers to what it takes to be successful there and you might be the only one interested, so you should get it. Coach Z got the job last time when there were no teaching positions. It is highly unlikely there were any more applicants as qualified as he was. The history of football in JC is so poor that there is no magic pill or solution to its success, other than to move conferences. That also makes it difficult to attract a high profile coach (whatever that really means). JC has 6 winning seasons since 1968. SIX. Six wins happened 5 times and 7 happened once (when they were in the EIAC and tied for the conference title and one of the 6 win seasons did too). They have been .500 six times as well. Coach Z has two 5 win seasons and a 6 win season. He is far and away the winningest all-time coach in school history. So in 50 years, they have been .500 or above just 11 times and Coach Z owns 3 of those. I will also remind you again that he was a successful HC at Seeger before becoming an assistant before taking the JC job. Hopefully it is clear that the COACH is not the reason, nor the answer to the issues.
  14. Hoosier Hills Conference 2017

    When the MSC planned to add Scottsburg and knew they would need to change the schedule, they worked to consider the relevance of team's one game out of conference. In order to make it work, each MSC team had to have a different bye week. Brownstown has played Seymour week 6 since 2007 when they renewed their Jackson County rivalry. Paoli and Corydon also played week 6, but because Paoli was in the PLAC and they had a small conference and thus, a more flexible schedule, the decision was made to keep Seymour/Brownstown week 6 and Paoli/Corydon would move to week 2. It worked for Paoli and kept Seymour from having to re-work their entire schedule. At this point, the only way for Seymour to play an HHC game week 6 would be to drop the Brownstown game altogether and I'm willing to bet that's a pretty good gate so that option isn't on the table.
  15. Hoosier Hills Conference 2017

    Jeff had previously played Providence week 6. I believe Providence dropped them in order to pick up a different game with a program more their size. It is not easy to find a week 6 opponent and I think Cathedral was the only one available.