Proposal to Amend NJSIAA Constitution to Pave Way for Expanded Playoffs Does Not Pass

The proposal to amend Article IX of the NJSIAA Constitution to pave the way for an expanded football playoff system did not receive a sufficient amount of votes to pass at the NJSIAA’s annual meeting on Monday in Edison, which means no further vote on changes in the current state playoff system can be re-introduced until at least 2014.

The NJSIAA members voted 167-102 in favor of the change, but a 2/3 majority is needed for the vote to pass. The vote was to remove the sentence of “No state championship, however, shall be declared in football,” from Article IX to at least clear the way for proposals to alter the current system to be heard by the NJSIAA. This means that Thanksgiving games are safe for at least another three seasons, as some proposals floated out there would have eliminated them in favor of playing a round of the playoffs during that week. The hope was to play to an overall Group champion in the four public school groups, which is what is done in a majority of the other scholastic sports in New Jersey.

Brick schools athletic director Bill Bruno, Matawan head coach Joe Martucci and others had worked hard to spearhead a movement toward crowning overall Group champions and helped get the proposal to amend the constitution up for a vote. Another vote cannot be taken until at least 2014 according to the NJSIAA’s by-laws.



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