With the Grundy County School Board set to decide on Monday if the football season will continue or be cancelled, TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress explained in a statement to WRCB that repercussions from cancelling the season could carry over to basketball.
In his statement, Childress said:
“It is not in the TSSAA Handbook. However, it is a longstanding TSSAA Board of Control Policy that if a school states they are going to compete in the football playoffs and/or regular season contests that leads to the playoffs and they fail to do so, the school is also removed from the post season in basketball. If Grundy County High School decides not to complete the football season, they will be removed from the postseason basketball tournament, as per Board policy. They would be allowed to appeal to the TSSAA Board of Control upon request by the administration. Many years ago, there were schools that said they planned to participate in the football playoff series, which begins at the start of regular season competition, but backed out after finding out what Region they were placed in during Classification. This was causing member schools to lose regular season games, especially home games which were major revenue producers for those schools. To help alleviate that problem, the Board tied postseason in the two sports together. As stated, it has been that way for well over 20 years. However, the Board has made exceptions upon appeal and allowed some schools to participate in the basketball series. It all depends on the situation.”