TSSAA Makes Changes In Football Playoffs

Steps were taken Thursday that will allow a high school football playoff bracket to be redrawn if a mistake is discovered.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control voted 8-1 on a five-hour window after brackets are announced for errors to be reported to the state office.
Because of the misapplication of a tiebreaker, Cleveland was selected last fall as one of the 32 teams in the Class 5A bracket. Hours later it was found that Sullivan South should have been in the field instead.
To impact the fewest teams, Sullivan South — located in Kingsport in upper East Tennessee — was placed in Cleveland’s bracket position and sent to Columbia for an opening-round game.
The board also voted to expand football officiating crews from five to seven for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The extra officials will be compensated from the TSSAA’s playoff shares, and schools will not be responsible for any increase in pay.