There has been a lot of talk since the AIA announced the new divisions this spring. The change this year was spurred by an effort to create a more even playing field between the "powerhouse" schools and the less successful ones. The AIA made the placements based on a number of factors which included school population, past W/L records, free and reduced lunch %, and MaxPreps rankings. This was announced and known by all teams in the state. Yes, there was an appeal process, but it was not an open enrollment period where teams could pick and choose where they wanted to play. Case in point, Centennial HS. They petitioned down to D2 with the reasoning that they wouldn't be as competitive in D1. The AIA denied their request. They are now ranked in the top 5 of D1. Sounds like they might do ok. I just finished reading two articles on the AZCentral website. One quoted several D1 coaches, calling their division the "Little SEC" and saying that there would be no blowouts, no easy games, no down weeks. The second article reported the score of the Chandler-Pinnacle game, 56-10. The score was 28-0 in the first quarter.
Is anyone else believing the D1 hype? I mean really. There is a set of top tier teams, and then the rest, as was evidenced by last night's game. Perry will not compete with those top teams, neither will Mt. View or Pinnacle. 16 teams will make the playoffs, just don't be #17. It is not a "one loss and done" style meat grinder at all, all teams get in, except one. Basically the season is a warm up for the playoffs, the only question being where you will be seeded. I, for one, am tired of hearing about how brutal D1 will be. Those teams created the monster. Also tired of hearing the D1 coaches whine about teams "leaving" to go to D2. The AIA made that decision, not schools. Let the big boys, with all of their top transfers, battle it out. I don't feel sorry for them.