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Brad Ernst

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After their unpopular showing at state, AAA does the right thing and moves up in classification before realignment.  Now we can continue more discussion again on 1A-I basketball.  What is your thoughts on this move?

In an unprecedented move, the UIL’s state executive committee has granted a request by Dallas’ Triple A Academy – the defending Class 1A Division I champion – to move up two classifications and compete in Class 3A in boys basketball this season.

“It was challenging, but they accepted it,” Triple A Academy founder Leroy McClure said of his school’s request.

According to McClure and UIL athletic director Mark Cousins, certain members of the state executive committee wanted Triple A to move their girls basketball program into 3A as well. Triple A’s girls team made the state tournament last season, falling to eventual runners-up Smyer in the semifinals, 40-36. The committee split their vote, 2-2, requiring the SEC chair to make the final decision. He voted in favor of allowing Triple A to move up in boys basketball only.

“There’s was discussion about that issue, but ultimately, the committee had to vote on a specific interpretation as it was presented,” Cousins said.

Cousins said that, to his knowledge, Triple A is the first team ever to skip up two classifications at their own request. During alignment years, teams occasionally request that the UIL put them in a higher classification, in order to stay with teams from their same school district. For example, Lincoln’s administration requested that it be stay in 4A in the 2012-14 alignment, despite 3A enrollment numbers.

On Tuesday, McClure chose not to elucidate his reasoning to move his boys program up; he will host a press conference Wednesday, laying out the case he presented to the UIL.

The boys team cruised to a state title without a single senior on the roster and missing their best player, King McClure – son of the school’s founder, for the playoffs. All three players who made the all-tournament team are back, including senior Jeremiah Jefferson, the 1A Division I state MVP.

The team will be placed in District 11-3A — ironically, sliding into a vacancy created when Prime Prep Academy withdrew from UIL competition last fall. Cousins said that once the decision was made that Triple A Academy would move into 3A, their district seeding “was based on geography.”

It should be a significant step up in competition for Triple A; defending Class 3A champ Madison is in 11-3A.


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Looks like Yates and Madison will have to beef up their recru.....eer I mean academic status.
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