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Taylor: seed edge on FHS ‘not very fair’
Courtney: TSSAA playoff seed changes not enough

Though Bearden Football head coach Brad Taylor said his Bulldogs received a questionable advantage being seeded higher than archrival Farragut in last fall's Class 6A playoffs, FHS head coach Eddie Courtney isn't satisfied with a TSSAA change putting district finish ahead of overall record to seed future playoffs.

“I wish they'd just left it the way it was [through 2008 season] where we had four teams in a region that went,” said Courtney, though the change — now automatically placing the top two district finishers as top two playoff seeds regardless of overall record — would have rewarded his 2010 team with a higher seed.

About the new “district-wild card” seeding format begun in 2009, “Just the fact they're having to come back and tweak it every year tells you that it wasn't really a good idea,” Courtney added.

Last fall, Taylor's Bulldogs were a No. 4 playoff seed thanks to a superior 7-3 regular season record versus No. 6 seed Farragut (6-4 overall), despite losing to the Ads and finishing third in District 4-AAA behind No. 2 FHS (5-2 versus 4-3).

“I thought it was a little screwy how it ended up,” Taylor said. “I didn't think we should have been seeded above Farragut. I didn't think it was very fair.”

However, “I guess there can be good and bad from it,” Taylor added, noting overall record can be a more accurate measure of success in some cases — pointing out the NFL's Seattle Seahawks won its NFC West division despite a 7-9 overall record.

Wes Jones, Hardin Valley Academy head coach, said he agrees with Courtney about the old playoff system — but added, “At least now that they've tweaked it a little bit where you do know where you're going to be based on [earning] one of those first two seeds,” he said.

“I've not really been a big fan of the way it's set up now. I kinda liked it where we took the top four teams out of each region.”


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