LHSAA’s Bonine: Adjustments made to ensure financial guarantees will be met

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NEW ORLEANS – LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine said Tuesday that the 18 schools competing in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Prep Classic this week in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome should expect to get their financial guarantees, unlike last year.

“We have made the adjustments necessary,” Bonine said at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club presented by Home Bank at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. “The guarantees they were not able to get last year, they’ll get this year.”

Bonine updated the participating head coaches and principals at a meeting Saturday at the LHSAA offices.

“We found we had many people coming into the Dome on passes that should not have,” he said. “I feel very positive we’ve cleaned that up.

“I have no problems at all with what we’re doing.”

Bonine said the agenda for next month’s annual meeting of the association will feature fewer proposals than last January. The most notable are several options with regard to playoff format.

“We had 40 proposals, down from about 60,” Bonine said. “There were four or five submitted (on the select side) regarding playoff structure.”

One of the things Bonine stresses is the student-athlete experience, especially the opportunity to play in the state’s best venues on championship events.

“Walking into the Superdome is an experience in itself,” Bonine said. “It’s something they’ll remember the rest of their lives.”

The football championships cap off the fall season for the LHSAA.

“Attendance has been up (and) participation numbers have been growing,” Bonine said. He gave special mention to the state cross country championships, in which a rainstorm turned the course into a sea of mud.

The LHSAA Prep Classic begins Thursday at noon with the Class 1A championship. Three games are scheduled each day.

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