Another rural-metro proposal is out there, providing food for thought

Notre Dame football coach Lewis Cook has another rural-metro proposal designed to be an alternative to the LHSAA’s

Notre Dame football coach Lewis Cook has another rural-metro proposal designed to be an alternative to the LHSAA’s nonselect/select split championships.

It is obvious that a lot of thought and work was put into the plan that received positive reviews from the Louisiana Football Coaches Association earlier this year, Cook said. The goal is create more competitive brackets for the sport of football. Basketball coaches left their July business meeting pondering a similar idea.

If all goes according to plan, this rural-metro plan will be pitched as the football coaches plan. How much “traction” it receives between now and December will determine whether or not it has a chance to pass a vote of LHSAA member principals in January.

There are two key obstacles. The first involves which teams are deemed rural and metro.

No matter how many numbers you throw at people, there will be questions at how two schools from area school systems, Denham Springs and Dutchtown would be deemed metro but other schools in their same parish system would be deemed rural. A colleague already asked me to explain how St. Paul’s could be rural. The debate was similar with previous rural-metro plans, one by Cook and another by the LHSAA, a couple of years ago.

However, the most obvious issue is convincing LHSAA-member principals who like the nonselect/select system that their schools need to do something different. The possibilities are intriguing. If we've learned anything over the past four years it's this, what the LHSAA staff, sportswriters, fans and coaches like isn't the issue. It all comes down to the vote what the principals' want.

Wade to speak to DSAA

LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade will be the guest speaker for the Denham Springs Athletic Association at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs. The event is free and open to the public.

Former Denham Springs and LSU standout Tasmin Mitchell is part of Wade first-year staff as director of student/athlete development

Basketball officials meeting

The Baton Rouge Area Basketball Officials Association will begin weekly meetings at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Family Christian Academy gym. The group will meet each Wednesday to discuss rules and work on mechanics.

All veteran officials are encouraged to attend, along with anyone interested in becoming a high school basketball official in 2017-18. Contact BRABOA President Harry Jenkins at (225) 892-7042 or assignment secretary Mike Sommer at (225) 907-3042 for information.

Job openings

Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired seeks an assistant wrestling coach to work two to three hours Monday-Thursday during wrestling season. A college student with wrestling experience is sought. Call LSVI Principal Leslie Bello at (225) 757-3483.

McKinley seeks an assistant baseball coach. A certified teacher is preferred but a nonfaculty coach will be considered. Contact coach Malcolm Reed at (225) 344-7696.

Open dates

Southern Lab seeks a varsity football jamboree or jamboree opponent. Call coach Marcus Randall at (225) 771-3490.

• Tara High needs teams for its volleyball tournament scheduled for Sept. 15-16. Contact coach Barry Jackson at or call 225-927-6100.

• The Dunham School boys basketball team seeks teams for its Thanksgiving tourney set for Nov. 21-22. The Tigers also seek games on Dec.12, Dec. 21 and Jan. 19. Meanwhile, Dunham’s girls basketball team needs opponents on Dec. 11, Jan. 16 and Jan. 23. Call Chad Myers at (225)938-0808 or go to

Prep notable

Former Episcopal baseball and basketball standout Chris Beckman Jr. is set to play basketball at Baton Rourge Community College. Beckman was an Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state and All-Metro selection in both sports.

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