All schools should play in the state tournament in football and basketball .. all open enrollment, magnet and private schools should be in an open classification division(5a) 11game regular season schedules in football. Allow games to be played on Sunday and allow basketball to be played 4days a week and in special tournaments
The point system, I believe, is what drives the coaches away from playing privates. Anyhow, the start date of practice is one huge restriction and summer workouts is another in my mind. What would be wrong with an August 1st date?
Yes Gilman plays teams in their conference but they also play four OOC/OOS games. If they joined some open division for states, they would be forced to play state teams in that division. Something Gilman has no interest in doing.
1. lift the restriction on oponnents. To me this is a no brainer, those that can afford to travel will, those that can't won't. Additionally just because you don't travel doesn't mean you will be unsuccessful.
2. eliminate the ridiculous point system
so if the vote was 5-2, clearly Loyola and CHC were not in the minority here.
Non-private schools? You mean non-catholic schools. You do know that Gilman isn't doing anything different than what they have been doing for years right? What's wrong with helping kids who aren't ready for the Gilman Upper School by repeating the 8th grade? I can tell you that as a kid from an inner city school system coming straight to Gilman that it was a HUGE adjustment and I definitely started from behind the 8 ball. And I was a straight A student coming into Gilman. It's a very difficult school and many non athlete kids have been asked to repeat grades in the middle school. This is a normal practice and also happens at other schools like BL and St. Paul's. Since CHC doesn't have a lower and middle school, you wouldn't know about.
Lets just say what it really is, CHC and Loyola realize that they can't compete with Gilman and throwing in the towel! McDonogh is the only school that has the balls to want to compete with Gilman and they are doing it on the recruiting front. CHC(Loyola is a non factor) is now lagging behind McDonogh on that front as well.
By the way, the Dark Ages as you call CHC's past might not come around in that form anytime soon but even if they luck up and beat Gilman again it will not matter because now the MIAA title is definitely a paper champ. It means nothing anymore. OOC games now mean even more than they ever did. But it's ok, CHC plays GC on a down year and will still get beat.
Prep always had more in common with McD/Gilman than any of the other MIAA schools. There is a reason McD plays Prep annually in football, basketball, and lacrosse.
In forming a new conference, I would look to go regional and I wouldn't care about historical success in football as much as how much money a school has to spend. Schools with money always have the potential to get better. Using this as a blueprint, I would invite:
- McDonogh School (endowment $80 million)
- Gilman School (endowment $65 million)
- Saint Paul's School (endowment $30 million)
- Boys' Latin School of Maryland(endowment $31 million)
- Severn School (endowment $32 million)
- Friends School of Baltimore (endowment $22 million)
Current IAC: Episcopal School (VA) (endowment $153 million)
Current Independent: Georgetown Preparatory School (endowment $80 million)
Current VISFA Division 1:
- Liberty Christian Academy (VA) (supported by Liberty University; endowment $54 million)
- Woodberry Forest School (VA) (endowment $254 million)
Current Inter-Academic League:
- Haverford School (PA) (endowment $35 million)
- Episcopal Academy (PA) (endowment $30 million)
- William Penn Charter School (PA) (endowment $54 million)
- Germantown Academy (PA) (endowment $27 million)
Current Mid-Atlantic Prep:
- Mercersburg Academy (PA) (endowment $131 million)
- Lawrenceville School (NJ) (endowment $310 million)
- Peddie School (NJ) (endowment $210 million)
- Hill School (PA) (endowment $115 million)
Current DE Independents: Saint Andrew's School (DE) (endowment $200 million)
I limited my list to schools in MD, VA, PA, WV, NJ, and DE with endowments of greater than $20 million. If you could get 10-12 of those 19 schools you could have a league divided into A and B Conferences or North/South Divisions with the potential to be the best academic & athletic league in the country.
I love this idea! I hope the powers that be are thinking in this direction. To be honest, the schools should have left the MIAA after CHC/Loyola shot down the merger with the WCAC. I have a strong feeling that something big is on the rise. Gilman and McD will not just take this sitting down.
Of course the MANY Championships Gilman won means something but when you decide to go the way of a playoff system, you can't go back after that! Makes no sense and makes the conference look like a total joke. The MIAA-A is officially the joke conference of the state.
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