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TSSAA Legislative Council Votes 7-2 to table Public/Private Split Issue

The TSSAA Legislative Council voted 7-2 to delay action on the proposal to split public and private schools in all sports.

The proposal was on the Council's docket after the TSSAA had received 31 letters in favor of the proposal brought forth by Trousdale County and Lewis County.

"We received 31 letters in support of the measure," TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said. But that's only 7.5% of the TSSAA's total membership.

"Is this the time to do this," Childress said during his power point presentation.

Legislative Board Member Mike Reynolds (Farragut) put a motion on the table to establish a committee to look at all avenues when considering the public/private split, fellow board member Mike Henson (Huntingdon) seconded the motion.

They then voted 7-2 to delay as Jeff Luttrell (Watertown) and Mike (Lewis County) voted against the delay.

"This is such a big fundamental decision for the association," Childress said. "The TSSAA has been in business for 89 years and it would be difficult to change the Bylaws and Constitution in six months."

Childress said there is no timetable set as to when the proposal would be discussed again.

Trousdale County head football coach Kevin Creasy gave a passionate speech before the Council on the reasons that public schools would like the split.

"We feel a public rural school have a big competitive disadvantage against a private school that has students from several different counties," Creasy said.

After Creasy addressed the Council, Lipscomb Academy Athletic Director Mike Roller and Christ Presbyterian Academy Principal Nate Morrow both talked about the big decision that was put before the Legislative Council.

"I don't know what the right answer is to this solution but it's one that I hope we don't have a knee jerk reaction too," Roller said.

"It's a very tough decision to make and I hope you (Legislative committee) keep the students at all schools in mind when making the decision," Morrow said.

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