Class 5A football shelves proposal to dismiss wild-card points system

January 30, 2014 Updated: January 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Almost fittingly, as Colorado braces for Super Bowl XLVIII, a Peyton Manning-style audible highlighted Thursday's decision regarding several changes to next season's football rulebook.

While no shouts of "Omaha" accompanied the audible, one administrator among the 70 who sit on the Colorado High School Activities Association legislative council wore his Manning jersey over his dress shirt.

In a last-second decision, the football committee moved to scratch part of the proposal, one that sought to install a seeding committee over the years-old wild-card points system to determine the 32 playoff qualifiers in 5A.

"There's too much gray area on how teams would qualify for the playoffs," Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. "Everybody wants a human element when it comes time to make out a bracket. We're looking forward to sitting down and figuring it out and making sure everyone is on the same page."

In December, 5A programs decided to move away from wild-card points to infuse a human element into selecting the true 32 best teams. A committee of seven administrators, one from each league, would make up the panel.

On Thursday, the committee pulled back and decided to spend more time on the finer points of the playoff-qualifying process, choosing to bring back recommendations at the next legislative council meeting in April.

Previously, wild-card points, partially based on strength of schedule, were the sole determining factor in ranking the 32-team playoff field. The system remains in place in 4A, 3A and 2A.

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