IHSA rejects proposed changes to high school football program

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SPRINGFIELD - A proposal that would have replaced the state's current football conferences with eight geographic regions has been rejected by Illinois High School Association members.

IHSA officials say the measure, titled "Proposal 10," was rejected in a 395-212 vote.

The measure was proposed by Sycamore High School Principal Tim Carlson.  Carlson says the proposal would be similar to changes made in Iowa's and Missouri's football programs, which addressed instability problems caused by high schools changing their conference memberships.  Under the proposal, the top four teams of each region would've advanced to the state playoffs.

However, opponents of the measure say the new regions would eliminate rivalry games, as well as restrict the schools' ability to schedule games.
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