By Gene Phelps
The Mississippi High School Activities Association’s legislative council is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal that would expand the state basketball tournament from four teams to as many as eight for the 2014-15 school year.
Another proposal being considered is the expulsion of 13 private schools – including Tupelo Christian Prep – from the association. Smithville principal Chad O’Brian, who introduced the proposal at the District 1 fall meeting, says the schools have an unfair advantage in recruiting students.
The state tournament expansion proposal, passed by District 1 at the MHSAA’s fall meeting in Tupelo, will be introduced and voted on for the first time at the council meeting.
If passed, the proposal would move forward to the next scheduled council meeting in February. The proposal must pass a second time to be approved as policy.
Under the new basketball proposal, four teams from each division tournament would advance to a 16-team North/South playoff. The top-seeded teams would host each round.
In classes 1A through 4A, four teams would advance from the North and four from the South to the state tournament in Jackson.
In classes 5A and 6A, three teams each from the North and South would advance to state.
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