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Bobref

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  1. All I can say is that you’re dead wrong about all of that. Take a look at a state like Ohio. That last weekend of the season, you have de facto elimination games, where whether you get in or not depends on that last game. You think those teams, their fans, the coaches, the media, don’t keep track of their Harbin points, and those of other playoff contenders? The last few weeks of the season all they talk about is potential playoff scenarios based on “what ifs.” Just like the pros … and college … and every place else but Indiana.
  2. A very typical “objection” to a qualifying format: all emotion and supposition. No facts or logic. By the way in a top 50% qualification format, you can add a 10th regular season game and the number of games played in the season, in total, is the same as it is now, so the experience is not “minimized.”
  3. Again, you simply make these pronouncements, without any supporting rationale. A qualification format turns regular season games into playoff games. Who gets excited when two 4-4 teams play each other in Week 9? Nobody. But if a playoff qualifying spot is on the line, suddenly a ho-hum game turns into a playoff game. Better for players, coaches, fans … everyone. Now, explain to everyone why the all-in, with its 9 weeks of practice games, is better for a high school football in Indiana.
  4. Says who? I never got to play in a football sectional, and I don’t feel deprived. You “deserve” what you earn. Apparently, thousands and thousands of kids all over the country are just ticking time bombs because they didn’t get to the playoffs in their respective states when they were in high school. Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about that in Indiana.
  5. I wouldn’t assume the distribution formula was equal shares, although it might well be.
  6. I would say you are technically correct, but not practically. Revenue from the upper levels of the tournament goes into the big pot of money from which IHSAA operating expenses are taken out. But the remainder of the pot is distributed to all schools. So, to the extent the football tournament revenue contributes to that “excess” revenue, it actually does go back to the schools.
  7. Speaking of dynasty programs, MaxPreps published this list of the schools that have appeared most frequently in its Top 25 rankings, over the last decade. Only one school on the list is East of the Mississippi and North of the Mason-Dixon Line. MaxPreps Top 25 finishes over last 10 years 9 — IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 2015 (No. 7), 2016 (3), 2017 (2), 2018 (5), 2019 (8), 2020 (1), 2021 (17), 2022 (5), 2023 (4) 9 — St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 2014 (19), 2015 (6), 2016 (5), 2017 (8), 2018 (3), 2019 (1), 2021 (6), 2022 (1), 2023 (6) 8 — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 2014 (12), 2015 (15), 2016 (6), 2019 (3), 2020 (14), 2021 (9), 2022 (6), 2023 (9) 7 — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 2014 (2), 2015 (4), 2016 (1), 2017 (13), 2021 (15), 2022 (4), 2023 (1) 7 — Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 2014 (18), 2015 (5), 2016 (15), 2017 (12), 2018 (14), 2021 (10), 2023 (14) 7 — Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 2016 (9), 2017 (1), 2018 (2), 2019 (2), 2021 (1), 2022 (3), 2023 (3) 7 — North Shore (Houston) 2015 (10), 2018 (1), 2019 (4), 2020 (7), 2021 (13), 2022 (9), 2023 (12) 6 — Central (Miami) 2014 (11), 2015 (25), 2018 (20), 2020 (18), 2021 (20), 2022 (2) 6 — Chandler (Ariz.) 2014 (16), 2016 (17), 2017 (11), 2018 (15), 2019 (10), 2020 (5) 6 — Duncanville (Texas) 2018 (4), 2019 (6), 2020 (16), 2021 (21), 2022 (7), 2023 (8) 6 — St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 2014 (17), 2015 (8), 2018 (24), 2021 (25), 2022 (17), 2023 (16)
  8. It’s probably in the Annual Report somewhere. I know their General Counsel, Robert Baker, has a salary of just under $160K. If you compare the IHSAA to the parallel organizations in other states, you’d see that the IHSAA runs pretty lean in terms of staffing and salary.
  9. Here’s the IHSAA’s financial summary from the 2021 Annual Report. The IHSAA keeps about 10% of total revenue for its overhead, salaries, etc. It distributes about 12% of its total revenue back to the schools - $1.3 million in this report. The remainder is operating expense.
  10. Are you aware that tournament revenue that goes “to the IHSAA” is distributed to the schools after IHSAA operating expenses are deducted?
  11. I think you mean “everyone wants to feel like they have a chance to win, even though they didn’t earn that chance during the regular season when they had the opportunity.”
  12. The Region Sports Network is reporting that Rick Good has resigned, after 3 years as head football coach at Lake Central.
  13. “Unique” means one of a kind. It says nothing about good or bad, wise or stupid. There is a reason this format is unique … and it’s not because no one else has thought of it yet.
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