Posted By Jim West on 05/14/2019 8:32 AM
For 2019, there are 375 NCHSAA schools that will play football. I'm guessing that by 2021, that number will be around 375-380 (some new schools, some school consolidations, eliminations). If it was up to me, I'd break down 1A through 5A as follows.
2A: 91-95 range
3A: 91-95 range
4A: 91-95 range
5A: 50 range
Non-football schools can be added to the appropriate classification (most will go to 1A).
I would have 1 state champion for 1A and 5A, 2 state champions for 2A, 3A, and 4A (total of 8 state championships).
The plan that has been going between the NCHSAA and schools is this but using percentages of 12.5/25/25/25/12.5 which at 376 works out nearly identical to Jim's numbers with 47/94/94/94/47.
It is my opinion the NCHSAA admin wants to stay at eight football champions! If they went to 20% for each classification and subdivided the football playoffs there would be one champion for basically every 38 schools. Eight champions is a title for approximately every 47 teams. If the schools push for five evenly distributed classes of 20% each I hope they reduce it to five champions. Sorry, but not interested in ten state championships.