LHSAA facing legal opposition on post season split
"Select" football schools say the new split playoff system violates the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's constitution
NEW ORLEANS -- "Select" schools say split playoffs in high school football violate the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's own constitution.
The LHSAA has voted that public schools will compete against each other in the playoffs, while private and parochial schools will have their own postseason. The decision was made by a vote of the state's high school coaches from both public and non-public schools.
TJ Locke, principal of private Isidore Newman School in the Uptown area of New Orleans said the LHSAA constitution states there can only be five divisions for prep football.
Locke said it's the LHSAA executive committee's job to rule the split playoff system is unconstitutional. He said the select admission schools, which are private, charter and magnet schools, are looking at their legal options and there's also the option of forming their own association.
The motivating factor behind the split according to public school coaches is the ability of private and parochial coaches to recruit players to attend their schools, an option not available to public schools and their teams.