Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 18, 2012

OH GOOD GRIEF: CCHS, SMHS to compete in Class 5A football in 2013-’17

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — Wednesday afternoon, the TSSAA received the enrollment breakdown for the 2013-'17 school years, and it looks like both CCHS and Stone Memorial will be playing in Class 5A in football and Class AAA in other sports.

After the split was determined between AA and AAA, CCHS is the fourth smallest school in AAA with 1,045 students and SMHS is seventh smallest at 1,087.

White County (1,161) will also be 5A in football, while Warren County (1,821), Coffee County (1,626) and Cookeville (2,163) will be playing 6AAA in football.

The remaining members of District 4AA — Alcoa (546), Kingston (693), Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK, 770), Loudon (769) and Scott County (807) — remain in AA. Alcoa, Kingston and CAK will be playing 3A in football, while Loudon and Scott County will be in 4A for football.

The enrollments for CAK, Chattanooga Christian School and Lipscomb Academy were adjusted by the 1.8 multiplier, moved them to AA. Livingston is the largest school in AA with 1006 students, while Knox Catholic's adjusted enrollment is 1251 (actual 695).

The multiplier is used to adjust enrollments to better place schools, especially the private schools, in Division I.

The cutoff from AA to AAA was at 1,017, while the breakpoint for A and AA was 528. There are three schools at the top of A with multiplier-adjusted levels.

The actual districts and regions will be determined by next week and presented to the TSSAA Board of Control Nov. 15 for approval.

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With two weeks left in the 2012 regular season, the TSSAA playoff picture is getting brighter.

In 6AAA, the Cookeville Cavaliers (3-0, 4-4) have clinched the District 6AAA title for a spot in 6A, with White County (2-1, 3-5) in a position to take second place to earn a spot in Class 5A.

Cookeville has two games remaining, hosting Riverdale tonight and traveling to Coffee County next week, while White County hosts York tonight and travels to CCHS next week on the Jets' senior night.

Four of the six teams in District 4AA are eligible for the Class 3A and 4A playoffs. CAK (4-0, 8-0) and Alcoa (4-0, 7-1) play at Alcoa in the regular season finale for the district title. Both have non-district foes tonight. Kingston (2-2, 6-3) and Loudon (2-2, 4-4) are also in the top 32 of 3A. All four qualified for last year's playoffs.

Kingston and Loudon play at Kingston in the regular season finale next week.

SMHS plays at Scott County in the regular season district finale.

Two statistics — record against non-district foes and overall record — in District 6AAA are interesting. The league's five teams — CCHS, Cookeville, White County, Warren County and Coffee County — have a combined mark of 2-23 again non-league foes, with five more games slated tonight — Franklin County at Coffee County, Riverdale at Cookeville, Tullahoma at Warren County and York at White County.

Warren County has a non-district game left next week with Soddy-Daisy. Cookeville and White County have the only non-league wins.

The league's overall record is 10-31. CCHS is idle this week.

Conversely, District 4AA's overall record is 27-22 and 15-10 against non-league foes, with five non-league games slated tonight — SMHS at McMinn Central, Aloca at Knox Fulton, Scott County at Cumberland Gap, Sequoyah at Loudon and CAK at Lavergne. Kingston has the night off. The overall league record is 12-12.

District games are the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and 10th weeks, with weeks one, three, five, seven and nine reserved for non-district foes.

Zero week has been used for a non-district opponent for many teams. I wish the TSSAA would either eliminate zero week entirely and give teams 11 weeks to play 10 games, giving each team a week off during the season.

With many school systems taking one to two weeks for fall break in mid-October, there could come a time when some schools will schedule games where they have that week off. It just happened CCHS had their open date during fall break week.

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Fall sports are winding down, except for three football games — the two for SMHS and one for CCHS and some cross country meets.

Golf ended with the region tournaments. I understand both volleyball and soccer teams ended their seasons at the district tournaments.

The first official practice date for basketball and wrestling teams is Oct. 29, with the first regular season contests beginning Nov. 19. Teams may play Hall of Fame games during the week of Nov. 13.

Cumberland County junior varsity season resumes next week, with the varsity season opening Nov. 6, which just happens to be election night. The western division varsity teams will be showcased at the annual "Meet the Jets" night, Nov. 3, beginning at 3 p.m.

Only three scores were submitted from the Oct. 11 openers — South vs. Crab Orchard, boys; and the Martin-North games. I don't why the scores weren't reported, but the home school is responsible for reporting the scores.

To avoid confusion when reporting scores, please include first and last names of all players, since there could be players on both teams with the same last name and/or have siblings on the team. Before your next game, junior varsity coaches are asked to fax rosters to 456-7683 or e-mail to sports@crossville-chronicle.com. Varsity coaches are asked to bring rosters to the "Meet the Jets'" and  "Panther Pride'" nights.

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Will the next two weeks seal the fate of the jobs of four SEC coaches — Derek Dooley (3-3, 0-3), Kentucky's Joker Phillips (1-6, 0-4), Auburn's Gene Chizik (1-5, 0-4) and Arkansas' John L. Smith (3-4, 2-2).

Dooley's Vols host Alabama Saturday and travel to South Carolina next week. Two losses will give the Vols a 3-5 overall mark and a 0-5 in the SEC. Will a 4-0 November be needed to save Dooley's job? If UT athletic director Dave Hart decides to replace Dooley, where is money going to come to buy out his and his assistants' contracts?

Phillips and Chizik are also in the same boat. Auburn is at Vanderbilt, while the 'Cats host Georgia. Kentucky needs to win out for a 6-6 season, while Auburn needs to five of six to finish at .500. Arkansas needs to go 3-2 for a 6-6 mark, but Smith is in deeper trouble financially.

Currently, Alabama, Mississippi State, L.S.U., Texas A&M, Florida and South Carolina are all bowl eligible with six wins. Georgia needs one win to be bowl eligible, while Ole Miss needs two more wins for bowl eligibility.

The SEC has affiliations with nine post-season bowls — three with the Big Ten, three with the ACC, and one each with the Big 12, Big East and CUSA; however, there are eight spots available in the selected BCS bowls.

Ole Miss needs two wins to become bowl eligible, while Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Missouri need three wins each to secure bowl berths.

Vandy plays Kentucky (away), Mississippi (away) and Tennessee (home) the first three weekends in November, before ending the season at Wake Forest, after hosting Auburn and UMass this weekend and next. Vandy needs to win four of six.

After Alabama and South Carolina, UT has Troy (home), Missouri (home), Vanderbilt (away) and Kentucky (home).

Middle Tennessee State travels to Starkville, MS, to face Mississippi State. The Bulldogs better not be looking ahead to next week's game with No. 1 Alabama or the Blue Raiders will bring back a victory to the 'Boro.

Saturday's South Carolina at Florida and next Saturday's Florida-Georgia game at Jacksonsville will determine who takes control of the SEC east.

There are some SEC biggies on Oct 27 — Tennessee at South Carolina, Kentucky at Missouri, Ole Miss at Arkansas, Florida vs. Georgia, Texas A&M at Auburn and Mississippi State at Alabama. Some games will determine bowl eligibility of some teams.

Alabama plays Mississippi State, L.S.U. and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks.

UMass visits Vanderbilt in a non-conference affair.

Duke (5-2, 2-1) plays North Carolina (5-2, 2-1) Saturday. The Blue Devils coached by David Cutcliffe, needs one more win to be bowl eligible. Could UT woo Cutcliffe back to Knoxville to coach the Vols?

UT-Chattanooga (3-3, 2-1) hosts Samford (5-2, 3-2) in a Southern Conference game Saturday at 5 p.m. CDT. Tennessee Tech (2-4, 0-3) plays Eastern Kentucky (5-2, 3-1) in a Ohio Valley Conference game.

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(Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)