City slickers, Rurals next form of split?

Louie Cook’s proposal to divide high school athletic classes into Metro and Rural schools called to mind the opening scene of the Andy Griffith movie, “No Time For Sergeants.”

An automobile is approaching a worn wooden cottage, and Will Stockdale and his Pa watch the wake of dust billow behind.

As Pa reaches for his old shotgun, the pacifist, Will, grabs his arm.

“Maybe it’s kin folk.”

“Kin folk don’t come in no cars,” is the reply.

The remainder of the movie is classic comedy at its best, something I’m afraid Louie’s proposal may be.

In attempting to find an alternative to the separation of high school athletic programs into select and non-select classes for playoff purposes, Notre Dame High’s athletic director offered a plan in which schools located in larger populated areas (both public and private schools, I presume) would be divided in separate classes and compete for one “state” championship, while schools in smaller communities would do the same.

And never the twain will meet.

Coaches apparently like Cook’s plan better than principals like the LHSAA ex-
ecutive director’s attempts to reunite the association into seven classes of a happy family. Most principals are determined to vote against the reunion, and many want to expand separate playoffs to other sports as well.

Cook told Robin Fambrough of The Advocate (Baton Rouge’s and New Orleans’ daily newspaper), “Our society has changed, and so have the demographics. A lot of metro areas keep getting larger. Where my school is located, we’re fishing in a city pond that has maybe 500 people, whereas Lafayette Parish might have 5,000 in the pond.”

The problem I see is that Louisiana principals are already big fish living in a small pond, a puddle compared to other states. It doesn’t need seven classes.

To me, the solution is to combine classes B and C into one class, then take the remaining football classes and divide them from top to bottom by four.

Whether the principals decide to continue or expand the separation of schools is not as significant as having a working number of five classifications.

It would also be cost effective to the LHSAA and its principals.

I commend Louie for thinking out of the box, but to separate the city slickers from the Will Stockdales is fishing in the wrong pond.

Ron Brocato can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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