The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's football committee will meet Monday to plot a new course for the next two years for the 325 schools that play football in the Bay State. For Eastern Massachusetts, that could mean a new division, which would bring the total to eight for the 2009 and '10 seasons. The extra division is a result of the splitting of the Dual County and the Patriot leagues.
The Globe's Bob Holmes details some of the potential changes, while also touching on a more drastic proposal that would feature the following:
A seven-game regular season with options for additional games.
Fifty percent of the teams would make the playoffs based on a rating system that includes records and strength of schedules. That means 96 teams in the Eastern Mass. playoffs compared with 28 last fall.
The playoffs would be structured along the lines of other sports, with North and South sectionals and six divisions in each sectional.
Sectional championships in Week 10 with Eastern Mass. championships the Friday before Thanksgiving.
No change to traditional Thanksgiving games.
Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium would be statewide, giving Central and Western Mass. teams the opportunity to play there for the first time.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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