Eastern Mass representatives of the MIAA Football Committee voted 8-1 today to allow the Merrimack Valley Conference and Big Three Conference to continue their current policy for selecting their league champions. In a conference call this afternoon, two issues were discussed, each dealing with the MIAA’s eligibilty criteria for postseason play.
First was the Merrimack Valley Conference point formula that includes games played between Divisions 1 and 2. According to the MIAA’s eligibility rules, ‘‘only MIAA division games ... may be used to determine league champion.’’ But MVC teams get two points for a win in their division, one point for outside, in contradiction of MIAA rules.
Ipswich principal and Football Committee chair Barry Cahill said after a conversation with Dracut athletic director Tim Woods, that, ‘‘they [MVC] would not have been aware that they were in conflict with our rules. They were not cognizant of that first paragraph.’’
The Big Three issue involved a league champion that finished under .500 overall. In that case, by constitution, the second-place team would go, assuming that team was .500 or better. Brockton (4-5) plays New Bedford (4-4) Saturday. Brockton could beat New Bedford but then lose to Bridgewater-Raynham on Nov. 23. At 5-6, the Boxers would not go to the Division 1 playoffs. In that scenario, New Bedford would go if it beat Durfee on Thanksgiving to finish 5-5. If New Bedford lost to Durfee, Brockton would go because of the better win-loss percentage.
The committee voted to wave the eligibility requirements in the format for 2011 and allow the leagues to select their playoff representative using their current systems.
‘‘Whatever internal mechanisms they have, we’re not at this point going to interrupt that process,’’ said Cahill.
The lone decenting vote belong to St. John’s Prep athletic director and coach Jim O’Leary.
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