Oklahoma high school football: What Mike Whaley, OSSAA said about playoff changes
Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association associate director Mike Whaley spoke with members of the media via Zoom teleconference Tuesday morning discussing the OSSAA's changes to football playoffs this season.
To read about all of the changes, you can click here.
Here are some of the main points Whaley discussed Tuesday:
Every team is eligible for the playoffs. There will be a play-in round the first week of the playoffs with every team eligible to play. Those who want to play must report to the district chairman by noon Nov. 7, who will then report to the OSSAA.
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Teams can remain playing regular season games. Because so many games were canceled, teams in every classification will be able to play regular-season contests until their classification's championship game. Even those who lose in the playoffs will be able to make up regular-season games if teams wanted to. Teams will be able to play up to 10 regular-season games and have until their classification's championship game to do so.
COVID cancellations. If a team has COVID and can't play, it will be eliminated. The only exception is for state championships. In addition, if Team A beats Team B, but Team A gets COVID and can't play Team C in the next round, Team B could advance even if it loses.
Play-in games will not change seeding. If a team opts out of a play-in game, say a 6 seed in Class 2A, the third-seeded opponent would get a bye and advance to the next round. The 7th- and 8th-seeded teams would remain against their opponents, meaning some top-seeded teams could play play-in games while those third and fourth in their district may have byes.
Class B play-in. The district champion and runner-up in will have a bye in the play-in round. Games will only be 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 since there are only six teams in every district.
Quotable: Mike Whaley: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, I hope.”