The NJSIAA's Jack DuBois - the association's Assistant Director in charge of football - will join Mike Pavlichko and Adam Woodring this Saturday on Football USA. He is scheduled to make an appearance on the program by phone in the 6:00 hour.
The topic? You guessed it: high school football power points.
Mainly: how new rules adopted this year for teams that play North Jersey Super Football Conference United Red and United White Division teams got double or 1.5 times the number of power points they would normally get, as if they had won the game, regardless of outcome. The changes led to a handful of likely unintended consequences.
In Central Jersey Group 2, Lincoln received the top-seed despite having three losses, over a Roselle team that was 8-0, and two other one-loss teams. The shift cost Bernards a first-round home game, bumping the Mountaineers to the fifth seed, playing at Pt. Pleasant Boro.
But perhaps the most egregious was in North Jersey, Section 2 - Group 5, where 1-8 Columbia out of Maplewood (1-7 at the cutoff) got in over a Linden team that was 4-4 at the cutoff date. The controversy provoked a firestorm of criticism on social media over the new rules, and a hashtag #GetLindenIn.
While I've made my opinions well-known on the topic, this is the NJSIAA's opportunity to weigh in. I do believe they realize there were some unintended bad consequences of the rule. I think it most assuredly won't remain in its present form next season. I'll share some ideas with Jack, and he has a few of his own.
Should make for some interesting conversation!