OHSAA announces plan to revamp football season, if Gov. Mike DeWine approves play

DAVE PURPURA
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The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Aug. 7 that the football regular season will consist of six games beginning the final weekend of August, with the postseason beginning Oct. 9 and ending no later than Nov. 21, if Gov. Mike DeWine allows the season to be played.

All teams will be eligible for the playoffs, which will be seeded by a coaches’ vote during the final week of the regular season rather than by the usual format of computer ratings.

The regular season will conclude the weekend of Oct. 1-3.

Better-seeded teams will host games through the regional semifinals and possibly the regional finals, according to the OHSAA announcement.

The format was approved in a 9-0 vote by the OHSAA board of directors.

Schools must commit to participate in the playoffs by the end of the day Sept. 17 but can withdraw without penalty within a week after that. Regions will be drawn Sept. 18.

The number of playoff rounds depends on the amount of participating schools.

Teams that choose to skip the playoffs or are eliminated can schedule up to four additional games, provided they are played by Nov. 14.

“This raises the possibility of schools generating some revenue through gate receipts,” OHSAA interim executive director Bob Goldring said in an email to member schools. “Allowing schools to play after being eliminated from the playoffs is similar to regulations that already exist for many other OHSAA sports. Additionally, this means schools that may be delayed in starting their seasons could still have a football season.”

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