By Mike White | Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, 10:-05 p.m.
Some thoughts on the PIAA Board of Control. Also, look below for highlights from Brentwood's upset tonight of Class AA No. 1-ranked South Fayette basketball team.
The PIAA Board of Control has meetings in Mechanicsburg Thursday night and Friday morning. Will the board wise up and change the starting date of football season? Or will the board sit on its hands and again do nothing about this issue?
The PIAA football championships ended six days before Christmas this season. That's ridiculous. Only a few other states in the country were still playing football at the time, but they were from warm-weather areas. This was the latest the PIAA championships were played. On top of that, the two championship games on Saturday, Dec. 19 were played in a snowstorm.
The 2010 championships are scheduled for Dec. 17-18, so it won't be much different - unless the PIAA Board of Control does something about it.
Many on the PIAA board have commented in the past on how football season is ending too late. But those same board members won't do anything to change it. Many coaches, fans and school officials would like the PIAA to start football season a week earlier in August, and end up a week earlier - Dec. 10-11. Even the PIAA administrative staff, including director Brad Cashman, believe the season should start sooner. But the administrative staff, including Cashman, does not have a vote on the PIAA Board.
Cashman remarked at this year's championship games that maybe someone on the Board will make a proposal at the January meeting to start the season one week earlier. But Cashman said earlier this week that no proposal is on the agenda. However, he said someone could make a motion at the meetings to have a vote on starting the season one week earlier.
The whole thing is mind-boggling. How can PIAA board members continue to say that something needs to be done about the start and finish of football season? Yet, those members do nothing about it. Stay tuned, I guess.
Brentwood beats South Fayette
Brentwood came on strong in the second half and upset South Fayette, 54-49, in a WPIAL basketball game tonight. South Fayette was the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class AA team since the start of the season. But it's the Lions' second loss in a week and they likely will drop from the top spot when the new rankings come out Friday.
South Fayette led at the half, 24-16. But Brentwood outscored South Fayette, 38-25, in the second half. Dave Sexauer led Brentwood with 16 points. Guard Pat Zedreck scored 25 for South Fayette. It should be pointed out that Mike Lamberti, South Fayette's leading scorer this season, did not play.