The announcement earlier this month that Big Ten games will be coming to Friday nights beginning next season has not sat well with the high school football community.
Thursday, the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (OHSFCA) issued a statement opposing the Big Ten’s decision.
“We would like to express our disappointment with the Big Ten Conference’s decision to play football games on Friday nights,” OHSFCA president Matt Dennison said in the statement. “Our association is vehemently opposed to this action as it infringes on a great American tradition of high school football, is not in the best interest of the student athletes, cripples the small budgets of high school athletic departments, disrupts the relationships between high school coaches and Big Ten coaches, and hinders the recruiting process.”
The entire press release can be read below.
Statement from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (click to enlarge): pic.twitter.com/Z0PH22CY0a
— (((Lori Schmidt))) (@LoriSchmidt) November 17, 2016
Ohio is not the first state to oppose Big Ten Friday night games. High school associations from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa. Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin all signed an opposition statement last week.