UIL rejects ‘mercy rule’ proposal for 11-man football

Cedar Hill's TaDarrian Luster (3) chases after the ball after blocking Katy's Devin McFarland's (48) punt in the fourth quarter of a UIL Class 5A, Division II high school football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Cedar Hill won 34-24. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The governing board for high school athletics in Texas rejected a proposal that would have adopted a mercy rule for 11-man football.

The rule most likely would have affected only a very small number on any given Friday night, and stems from a game last year game when Aledo, a Class 4A power, beat Western Hills 91-0. There were even bullying charges levied by one parent against the school.

At their legislative meetings Tuesday in Austin, the University Interscholastic League said there was no interest to pursue the mercy rule which is used in 6-man football when a team has a 45 point lead or more at half or later, so it was rejected.

State Basketball Tournament Future
On Wednesday, UIL leaders will discuss the state basketball tournament’s future in Austin.

There has been talk about moving the games, especially because the boys tournament overlaps with the first weekend of the South by Southwest in 2015, and hotels are at a premium that weekend.

San Antonio, Houston and Dallas have all been brought up as possible hosts.

Other Items

  • In Class 6A football, officials are looking into having the higher seeded team from each district getting home field advantage in the first round, which would eliminate flipping a coin or picking a neutral site.
  • Game day cheerleading competition will go to a vote of the UIL Legislative council, and cheerleading could be implemented as a new sport under a 1-year pilot program.

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