Early start for football just another bad PIAA idea

Posted on August 28, 2017 in Newspaper.

By Terry Toohey

Week 1 of the high school football season is in the books.


There is no need for Weekend 1 to come a week before Labor Day weekend. That goes for college football, too, which also kicked off before August was through.

College football calls it “Week Zero,” a fancy name for an adjustment (Proposal 2015-79) to the NCAA scheduling exemption that allows for an extra regular-season game for schools traveling to Hawaii for the first time, which is why BYU, Colorado State and San Jose State were allowed to open their seasons Saturday.

It’s also why Stanford and Rice were able to play Saturday night in Sydney, Australia. It gives those teams an extra week to overcome the jet lag. OK, it’s stupid, but at least it makes a little bit of sense.

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