BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSHAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said the select, non-select football playoff split that was approved in 2013 violated the organization's constitution and should never have been instituted.
Bonine said the error was discovered on Thursday, Jan. 7 in preparing for the organization's annual convention scheduled for Baton Rouge January 27-29.
Despite awarding nine championships in football the past two seasons, Bonine said the LHSAA's official position must return to the five-game format used before the split, which would award titles in Classes 1A through 5A. However, there are measures on the upcoming agenda designed to alter the football playoffs structure in the future.
Bonine will be traveling the state starting next week to hold area meetings in Shreveport and Monroe Jan. 19, Alexandria and Lafayette January 20, and Baton Rouge and New Orleans January 21, in advance of the statewide convention.
"I'll be the first to admit, the timing is horrible," said Bonine at Friday morning's news conference in Baton Rouge. "What we did today was a step in the right direction. I want to be transparent. I'm not putting a spin on any of this. I don't anticipate anything other than maybe some fierce conversations, and fierce for me is just good pointed dialogue," Bonine added.
Bonine was hired during the 2014 football season, but did not officially begin with the LHSAA until after the 2015 convention, so this month's meeting will be his first in an official capacity.