So in creating a playoff system is it just for football or for all indiana hs sports? I realize this is a football site, but it's a big deal when it comes to what will have to be done to create a playoff.
First, I must admit that I'm a public guy that has never cared about the P/P arguement. Mostly because it hadn't directly effected me or the school I attended/ coach. The title of this thread is kind of a joke since 5A in its current form has been around 1 year.
If I were going to attempt to better he way we define our state champ (s) I would start with regular season and conference play.
I'm taking sagrins numbers as the number of programs in indy. 324. First create proximity/enrollment conferences.
4 classes. 10 conferences with 8 schools each. There will be 4 left over which will which will shake itself out when thinking of the highly populated areas.
Make the season 10 weeks long. Every team plays each of their 8-9 conference teams. And 1-2 non conference game.
Use the sagrarin or a simular type of ranking. A BCS type of system using the Sag, coaches, and media polls. I realize everyone hated that but it was really because it decided individual games instead of seeding for s tourney.
Of the 40 conferences the winner will always make the play offs in their class. So 10 auto bids in each class. Keep 16 for each class. In the event of a shared title both teams make it up to 6 conferences. If they all happen to tie the top 16 rated conf Champs would make it. Possible pushing a conference completely out of the tourney. That would be a pretty amazing feat though.
So 10 conf Champs and 6 at large bids.
At large bids can go to anyone with a .500 record.
It would be nice if there was still a success factor variable to this as well. not in the terms of the way it is now, but an actual success factor.
Each of the 4 classes have their own committee, and when they are deciding on their at large bids based off of the regular season success, and the ratings each team has a higher class can extend the invitation to the lower class team. Obviously all the P/P teams would hate this addition, but their would have to be rules in deciding to call a team up. Obviously with those 2 non conference games a team can try to determine their fate by playing up a class trying to boost their ranking or down trying to stay even.
With these things we can have a true play off, seeded, and also somewhat even playing field.
Sorry if this was all over the place, it's been a while and my phone isn't helping out much.