It looks as if high school football will be making a change in Illinois in a couple of years. Starting today, high school principals will start submitting votes to the IHSA for football to move to a district system. And, if passed–and it is expected that it will–the new system would be implemented starting in 2021. Vandals Coach Jason Clay gives his thoughts.
The reasoning for many schools to want to go to a district system would be issues in non-closed conferences to try and schedule non-conference games. But, the district system won’t eliminate that potential issue. Under the proposal, districts would be 8 teams—meaning your last 7 games on the schedule would be your district games and you would still need to schedule 2 non-conference games to start the season. The biggest mystery at this time would be the make up of the districts. The IHSA’s Matt Troha says they are not putting out any district scenarios ahead of the vote, which begins today and runs until December 17th.