High School Sports

High school league delays finalizing realignment

It will be at least a few more weeks before the S.C. High School League's realignment for the 2010-12 school years is finalized.

The League's executive committee on Tuesday morning tabled the discussion on the region and classification alignment plan that it set in July. The committee was set to hear nine appeals regarding that plan during their meeting, but it decided to wait.

Commissioner Jerome Singleton said the decision was precipitated by an e-mail he received over the weekend from a law firm representing Chapin High, one of the schools set to present an appeal Tuesday.

"We received an e-mail questioning the executive committee's authority in the realignment process," Singleton said. "The committee tabled making decisions on realignment until they've gotten some information from their legal counsel. The League needs to hear from its legal counsel as to whether it is violating its own constitution before we continue this process."

Chapin athletics director and football coach Scott Earley felt that was the best decision at this point.

"I wasn't surprised at all," said Earley, who was at the League offices when the committee postponed the hearing. "A lot of work has to be done to make such important decisions. Before you make a big decision that affects so many people, I think it's smart for everybody just to slow down and think about what we're doing here."

Earley was prepared to argue that his school should not be in Region 3-3A, a Greenville-centered region that would have the Lexington County school's teams traveling in excess of 50 miles for most region competitions.

That assignment was part of the plan proposed by League staff, then modified and approved by the Executive Committee in July.

Initially, appeals on the plan were to be heard in late August, but the issue was postponed then because of more urgent appeals regarding student-athlete eligibility.

Now, it likely will be several more weeks before the League and Executive Committee determine whether to continue or revise the process, Singleton said.