Thursday, April 29, 1999

Hoosier Hysteria won't return




The Associated Press

        INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana High School Athletic Association board of directors will not abandon the multiclass basketball tourney format, an Associated Press survey released Wednesday indicates.

        Basketball purists, who have tried for three years to overturn the most controversial move in Indiana high school sports history, can only hope for another round, another time.

        The Indiana High School Athletic Association board of directors will vote Monday whether to keep the current four-class setup or to return to the single winner-take-all format that served Hoosier Hysteria for more than 80 years.

        A 9-9 tie by the 18-member board would keep the present system, so opponents would need at least 10 votes to reject separate classes.

        As of Wednesday, only one board member was willing to state publicly that he was firm in his intention to vote for one class.

        “I may be the lone wolf. That's the way it's looking,” Jennings County principal Steve Riordan said.

        The IHSAA has been stung by dramatic drops in tourney attendance and revenue since the four-class system went into effect two years ago.

       



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