I wrote a story for Friday’s paper that catches up with the Washington State Football Coaches Association’s efforts to change how the football state playoffs are seeded. The WSFCA wants to use an RPI-style rankings to place teams on to the state bracket, instead of the current format that uses a predetermined draw.
The WSFCA has been tracking teams with its RPI formula — the same one Oregon uses to seed its state playoffs for all team sports — this season. The group plans to present a proposal to the WIAA when the season is complete, but it sounds like the WSFCA will face some resistance.
After talking with WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese, any change to seeding how football teams are placed on state brackets, must also occur for other teams sports, such as baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. And, of course, the potential for increased travel costs will be a point of discussion, too.
Those are valid points, but I’m ready to see change. In 3A and 4A, I want to see teams from Eastern Washington spread out across the bracket, not crammed into one quarter-bracket. I want to see the same in 2A and 1A, where the bracket is mostly split in half and set up for the best team west of the Cascades to meet the best team east of the Cascades in the finals. But what if the state’s best two, three or four teams are from one side of the mountains?
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