By JESSE SMITHEY
The hot topic of the summer, in regards to TSSAA talk, was supposed to be the next classification cycle for the 2021-2025 school years.
Classification always evokes debate when it comes into view. Discussions like; does Tennessee have too many classifications for football? Does it have too few for basketball, baseball and softball?
Then Covid-19 hit in March, cancelling state basketball tournaments, the spring sports season and now possibly jeopardizing the 2020 football season.
Classification has since played a distant second fiddle to what’s caught everyone’s attention this summer: will football be played this fall and what will it look like? Will there be a 10-game regular season? Will it be a reduced season plan?
So just after the TSSAA Board of Control ratified its Hybrid Plan on Option 2 at its meeting on Wednesday in Murfreesboro, the ripple effect morphed into a quick tidal wave and rinsed the attention away reserved that afternoon for classification talks.
The board approved the hybrid plan, took a 15-minute break and began discussing the next classification cycle; meanwhile, the general onlookers, media, fans, players and coaches around the state who were following the meeting online were still trying to make sense of what just happened with high school football and trying to figure out the hybrid plan.
So what did we all likely miss on Wednesday with the decisions on classification?