SCHSL decides to preserve four-classification system

The South Carolina High School League’s executive committee has decided to maintain the current four-classication system rather than switch to a three-class system proposed for the 2014-16 seasons.

Conway High football coach and athletic director Chuck Jordan was among a group of coaches in favor of changing to the three-tiered system that would have created an all Grand Strand region featuring Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, St. James and Socastee.

Instead, the SCHSL choose to keep the status quo, which features split state football championships in every class but one. Opponents of the four-class system say the battle for a state title is watered down by crowning seven state champions, and it also creates a greater travel burden on schools.

The three-class plan appeared to have momentum a few months ago when it was presented to the executive committee. But the decision was tabled until this week and committee members apparently felt things were better off the way they are rather than downsize by one classification.

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