UIL Realignment Texas
February 2, 2012 by staff
UIL Realignment Texas, When the UIL released its biennial reclassification and realignment two years ago, the big news was the creation of a stout 8-5A consisting of Allen, Flower Mound, Flower Mound Marcus, Hebron, Lewisville, Plano East, Plano Senior and Plano West.
Those eight teams were again a major point of discussion Thursday morning when the UIL shuffled the deck for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, but for different reasons.
“Anytime you get put in a six-team district it’s unexpected,” said Joe McBride, Coppell head coach. “It’s hard to plan five non-district games, so we had to scramble for awhile.”
He wasn’t the only one as all the aforementioned schools went into six-team districts.
Denton Ryan, moving up to Class 5A (where the cutoff was 2,090 students) and Coppell join Lewisville, Flower Mound, Marcus and Hebron in District 5-5A. The other teams from 8-5A moved into District 10-5A with Allen, East, Plano and West joined by McKinney, moving up from 4A, and McKinney Boyd. Districts 5 and 10 are two of three in Class 5A (along with District 28) with just six teams.
“We were preparing for a possible seven-team district, so we had an agreement in place to pick up an additional game,” said Don Drake, Boyd head coach. “But then when it came out as only six teams, we had to scramble a little.”
Drake’s plight was shared by many in the new District 5- and 10-5A with East head coach Johnny Ringo walking by and telling fellow coaches, “we need a Week 4 and 5 game if you come across anyone,” and Marcus head coach Bryan Erwin telling someone on his cell phone, “we’ve got Week 5 filled, but we are open Week 4.”
The Birdville ISD Fine Arts and Athletic Complex featured phone numbers and schedule holes quickly going up on white boards in an effort to fill the fall football slate.
“We got away from [District 8-5A],” said Brain Brazil, Hebron head coach, “but we’ve still go to play tough teams from there; we have Allen and Plano on the schedule.”
Once the scheduling frenzy dissipated, coaches could reflect.
“I wouldn’t say I’m happy with the new district because we’ve still got to play some tough teams,” Brazil said.
One of those teams is Coppell.
“Now we are pretty much just going across the highway,” McBride said. “So from a proximity point of view and for the sub-varsity teams, it’s a good thing, but it’s still going to be a battle every Friday night.”
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