The Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) board of directors recently met to discuss the possibility of changing the classification process for football and four other sports. One of the ideas being considered is bumping up teams that have traditionally been powerhouses in their sport. According to High School Cube News:
"One of the more entertaining IHSA football title games of recent years was the Class 4A final in 2011 between Rochester and Richmond-Burton.
Rochester was led by quarterback Wes Lunt, who’s now sitting out a redshirt year at Illinois after lighting it up for Oklahoma State as a freshman. Lunt threw for 506 yards that day, and Rochester needed all of them to beat Richmond-Burton, which tried to play keep-away by running the ball 74 times and throwing just three passes.
R-B’s strategy almost worked, thanks to a gutsy effort from Jack Dechow — who had 31 of those carries and 246 yards — but Rochester held on for a 42-39 win.
It’s a matchup that wouldn’t have happened though, had an idea now getting a serious hearing been part of the IHSA by-laws.
The concept — applying a tradition, or success, factor to the classification process — grew out of a proposal put forth by Jim Dunnan, the principal at downstate Washington. He suggested a point system to quantify postseason success in football and the IHSA’s major four-class sports, including boys and girls basketball, among others. Teams that had a certain amount of success would be bumped up a class.
In June, the IHSA board of directors decided to create a committee to consider the idea. The 15-member group made up of principals and coaches from public and private schools all over the state recently held its first meeting. By several accounts, the discussion was a lively one."