By Rick O’Brien
The proposal to expand Pennsylvania high school football from four to six classifications by 2016 is still in play.
It was discussed again by the PIAA board of directors last month and tabled until the strategic planning and football steering committees meet on Sept. 16.
The proposal was developed by Bob Tonkin, a member of District 9’s football steering committee, and first revealed in January. The primary goals are to create a more even playing field and reduce the season from 16 to 15 weeks. Last year’s state finals in Hershey ended on Dec. 13.
Three of eight proposals remain on the table – staying with four classifications; expanding to six evenly distributed classifications; or switching to a Super 700 classification (schools with 700 or more students would compete at the highest level) with the five other classifications split evenly.