There will not be a change to the Weekend of Champions football schedule, but the Class A Division I and II championship games will be play at Benedict College instead of S.C. State.
The South Carolina High School League's executive committee denied a request from the Class 4A football committee to move its Division II title game from Friday night to Saturday afternoon in an effort to cut costs. Under the proposal, the game would have been played on the same day as the Class 4A Division I, Class 3A and Class 2A games.
League associate commissioner Dru Nix said the executive committee voted 15-0 to keep the Weekend of Champions under its current format.
Nix also said the games will remain at Williams-Brice Stadium. USC currently charges $62,000 for the use of the stadium for the Weekend of Champions.
The 4A football committee, made up of one representative in each Class 4A region, previously toyed with the idea of moving both the Division I and II games to a separate venue due to expenses, and to attempt to increase revenue received from ticket sales.
Under the current format, both schools involved in a title game receive an equal amount of revenue from ticket sales regardless of the number of tickets sold.
"The 4A body in Charleston asked to have the football committee explore some options. The feeling was the charges for the games were too high," Dorman High athletics director Flynn Harrell said. "We tossed around a lot of different ideas and always knew that the executive committee would have the final say. But, even when looking at other venues, there weren't as much savings involved as once thought."
Clemson, Furman and Spring Valley High were among the venues interested in hosting the games.
Harrell said the committee decided to attempt to move all four games to one day to prevent 3A and 2A schools from handling the bill on their own.
"Had the 4A schools pulled out, the Weekend of Champions would have been down to two games and pretty well dissolved," he said.