Thursday, May 05, 2011

New Jersey Moving Closer to "True" State Football Champs

by Jeff Fisher
New Jersey High School Football Huddle

By December, fans will know whether the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association will begin crowning overall state football champs.  Currently, the NJSIAA only awards sectional championships.

Earlier this week, the NJSIAA executive committee approved a proposal to allow its member schools to vote on an amendment to the state athletic constitution that would extend the playoffs that would allow for state group championships.  If the amendment is approved by a two-third majority, New Jersey could begin  playing for overall state titles in 2013.

Under the present set-up, the NJSIAA crowns 19 sectional and non-public champs.  The new system will result in seven champions.

The path to overall state champs began when Bill Bruno, athletic director at Brick Township Schools, and Marcus Borden, head football coach at East Brunswick, authored separate proposals to extend the playoffs.  The two will now work together to create a plan that will be voted-on in December.
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