Bonine: Status quo in LHSAA ‘not real popular’

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BATON ROUGE – While the process is far from done, there may be more reason for optimism of a reunited Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine said Tuesday said while nothing will be decided until the association’s annual meeting in January, some of the responses he has seen from surveys sent to school officials this summer suggest change is afoot.

“Option two, stay the way we are, is not real popular,” Bonine said. “We’ll have to go through the rest of the numbers on the other two, which is bring everyone back together or have two completely separate entities.

“It’s a lot of information. We’re going to break it down by superintendents, principals and coaches. We’re in the process of going through those numbers now and getting that to the executive committee.”

Asked whether it has been surprising, what he had expected or a movement toward coming back together, Bonine said, “Yes, to all of the above.”

Catholic High athletic director J.P. Kelly, the CEO of the Louisiana Select Association, which was formed last month to operate select championships, said a meeting in the last week with Bonine gave him reason for optimism.

“I’ve been happy with our communication with the LHSAA,” Kelly said.

Bonine values the LHSAA’s relationship with its biggest sponsor, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which has expressed concerns regarding the split championships.

“The partnership … is unique and one of a kind nationally,” Bonine said. “They have concerns, and I don’t blame them. They’ve been very reasonable with that. When it comes down to it, we need to sit down and discuss philosophically what direction they want to go.

“I would hate like heck to lose that partnership because of something we could control.”

Kelly indicated that more information on select school 2019-20 championships should be known before the start of football jamborees the final weekend of August.

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