East Boston Principal Mike Rubin — who also sits on the MIAA Board of Directors — said on Thursday morning that he plans to pick the brains of the Boston City League football coaches before voting on the latest state-wide football playoff proposal on June 7.
Rubin said on Thursday he would try to schedule a meeting with the coaches ahead of the June 7 meeting, at which board could vote on the proposal. Earlier this month the MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee voted in favor of the proposed playoff.
“I’m trying to get a pulse from the city coaches to see how they feel about it so I asked my coach and I called [Boston schools Athletic Director] Ken Still today to set up a meeting with city coaches," Rubin said. "I want to get their feelings about the new proposal. I want to know how they feel.
"I want to know not just how I feel about it because I’m not the one coaching. ... It’s a busy time of year because of proms, award banquets, graduations and those things in the next couple weeks but I want to have a meeting to be prepared in the best possible light on June 7."
On Friday afternoon, however, Still said a meeting wasn't feasible. He said his department was reaching out to all the football coaches via telephone and e-mail to find out how they feel about the proposal.
"He wants to hear back from [the coaches] on their specific like and dislikes," Still said of Rubin.
Still said he spoke to two or three coaches who don't like the proposal. Still said most coaches in the city are content with the city's current post-season bids. He also said his department doesn't have the money in its budget for travel to more post-season games.
Rubin said he was impressed by a recent presentation on the proposed playoff format to the MIAA but he also said he has the feeling that the city coaches will be against the plan just like they were when a playoff proposal was shot down by the MIAA board of directors in 2010.
Rubin, who sat down with all the the city football coaches before the 2010 proposal was defeated, said he also has an idea how how the coaches feel about the proposal.
“I’ve gotten that feeling but I haven’t talked to them yet,” he said. “The only one I’ve talked to is my coach [John Parziale]. I want to get a collective feeling on how they are all feeling before I go out and say anything.”
On June 7 the 18-member board could either vote to support the proposal, vote to defeat it or push it to a vote of the annual meeting in March 2013. The board can also ask the Tournament Management Committee to come back with more information at the June 18 board meeting.
The board could also vote to approve the two-year pilot proposal but delay the implementation until 2014.
Rubin said his only concern with the proposal is that high school leaders have a chance to see it before it’s implemented.
“I just felt that enough people hadn’t heard the proposal,” he said. “My only concern is making sure all the headmasters and principals get information on the proposal. The MIAA today sent out the proposal to all high school leaders. I just want to make sure everyone has seen the proposal and make sure we’re not pushing anything through without everyone seeing it.”
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