The North Coast Section football playoffs will remain status quo for the 2012 season after a proposal to add an open division was voted down by the section's board of managers Friday in San Rafael.
Under the East Bay Athletic League's plan, which failed by a vote of 24 to 13, the Division I playoffs would have broken into two eight-team divisions.
The move would have more closely aligned the NCS with the current California Interscholastic Federation bowl series format, thus allowing the section to have both an applicant for the state's open division bowl game and the Division I bowl game. Only section champions are eligible for the bowl series.
"The Central Coast Section, our next-door neighbor, has an open division champion and a Division I champion," said Monte Vista athletic director and football coach Craig Bergman. "They have two teams that have the opportunity to move on and play. Now, when De La Salle wins our Division I championship and they opt up to the open division, that leaves us without Division I representation."
The debate touched on the core issue of who would have to play the 20-time defending NCS champion Spartans. Multiple leagues objected to having Division I teams that won their leagues automatically placed into the open division, presumably to face the Spartans.
The board of managers also voted to instruct delegates to vote no on a few noteworthy proposals at next week's CIF Federated Council meetings.
"By allowing students to become eligible after just a sit-out period of about 30 days or so, I think it bothers people," Lemmon said of the NCS vote. "I think they are concerned, is probably the better way to say it."
NCS delegates also were instructed to vote no on the proposal to add an open division into the state basketball playoffs. That vote ended up 20-16 against, with the NCS electing not to support the long-debated addition of an open division.