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TSSAA votes to keep football classifications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WRCB/AP) - After two months of debate, it turns out there won't be any changes to the high school football landscape in Tennessee.

The state's high school athletic association voted Monday to continue with the current classification system that has been in place since 2009.

The Board of Control of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association voted 5-4 to continue to play in three regular-season classes with each of those classes split for the post-season through at least 2016.

The proposal voted down was a return to the five-class system used prior to 2009, in which teams were grouped into eight regions across the state. The top four teams from each region automatically qualified for the postseason.

Playoff positioning has been the biggest complaint in the current setup, which invites the top two finishers in each district and wild cards into the playoffs. Coaches believe it's too difficult to determine a first-round opponent in the six-class system, and they also dislike how many teams with .500 or losing records make the postseason because of the expanded fields.

However, most coaches in the Chattanooga area prefer the current plan because of reduced travel during the season. The districts used in the six-class system group more schools geographically than the five-class proposal, which would have forced several area teams to travel several hours to play region games.

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