As of tomorrow, we will be just five short weeks away from the official beginning of the 2011 football season. Although camps, combine and 7 on 7s have been raging for well over a month now, it all turns real on Friday, Aug. 19.
Of course, Section 1 still faces a question that many of you have posed in recent weeks: Will Yonkers have football or will budget cuts eliminate the sport at Roosevelt, Lincoln, Gorton, Saunders, Yonkers and Riverside?
I just asked Horace Greeley AD Steve Young that question. He more or less provided the same answer when I asked him about it back in April.
This time, with time growing short, Young admitted that the uncertainty of the Yonkers budget crisis has put the Section 1 football committee in a bind. However, Young said he spoke to Yonkers city AD Jim Rose about the subject on Tuesday. Rose said his superintendent Bernard Pierorazio has said the district will have football this fall.
“Everything we’ve heard from Yonkers has said that it’s a-go,” Young said.
Young said the football committee and Section 1 executive director Jennifer Simmons have met to discuss contingency plans but that nothing is set in place. In addition to the situation in Yonkers, the committee is also waiting to see whether Ramapo and Spring Valley merge their football teams.
If teams do not play football, they will simply be removed from the power rankings in their specific class. (Click here to see the current rankings and how your team could be impacted.) However, the scheduling matrix is so intricate, it will need to be redone completely. Even though the aforementioned teams are in Classes AA (Lincoln) and A (the other five), those won’t be the only classes affected. Some of the teams in jeopardy play crossover games against teams from smaller classifications.
Young said the schedules — the ones first reported here on Apr. 12 — will be restructured completely if schools don’t field football teams or if two schools merge. There is no current deadline, however, for those districts to make those decisions.
In truth, it could still be weeks until Section 1 teams know for sure who they will face in 2011.