If the PIAA strategic planning committee recommendations hold up, Pennsylvania high school football will look a lot like it did the past two years.
The committee met in Mechanicsburg and decided to recommend to the PIAA Board of Control to keep only four classifications for football and maintain a 16-week season for teams which qualify for the PIAA championships. The 17-member committee is made up of representatives from the state's 12 districts. It voted 11-5 against the six-classification proposal (one member absent) and then 12-4 to keep four classifications and the 16-week season.
PIAA Executive Director Brad Cashman wanted to add two classifications for football only, starting in 2010. Many districts outside of the WPIAL were believed to be in favor of the move.
This could change during Friday's PIAA Board of Control meeting, but that seems unlikely at this point.
If the recommendation holds up, it goes down as a victory for the WPIAL, which will be able to maintain its current playoff format and play its championship games at Heinz Field.