The usual announcement date of the bi-annual realignment has come and gone, but not before the AHSAA announced it has backed up the date to January.
There was never a reason given as to why.
We may very well be in the midst of seeing a new classification: the Almighty 7A. That’d be great for schools like Oxford, which is too big for 5A, but it’s no secret that Oxford’s much smaller than the largest 6A schools like Hoover, Bob Jones and so on.
There’s also the question of what will happen with private schools and the possibility of private schools’ multiplier rate increasing.
Class 3A Madison Academy is in the midst of making a dynasty similar to Hoover’s consecutive state championships a decade ago. But that could change if it moved to 4A.
Although all private schools’ enrollment is currently multiplied to 1.35, it’s hard to say anyone can keep up with what Madison Academy is doing in 3A.
At the same time, imagine JCA or Donoho having to play in 2A.
The speculations of changes certainly provide good water-cooler discussion, but it all goes back to why it hasn’t been released yet.
Should we all take the hint that big, big changes are coming? We’d look pretty silly if that wasn’t the case.
Even on a smaller note, there’s buzz around Calhoun County that a majority of schools will be in Class 3A next year. Imagine that.
At the end of the day, none of it really matters until January ... assuming the announcement isn’t pushed back again.