Board of Control selects Chattanooga as BlueCross Bowl host for next two years

Board and Council meet on same day in Murfreesboro

March 16, 2021

The TSSAA Board of Control and Legislative Council both conducted meetings at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.

The most notable item of interest on the Board agenda was the site selection for the BlueCross Bowl football championships. Both Cookeville and Chattanooga submitted bids to host the three-day event. The Board voted to select Chattanooga as the host for 2021 and 2022. The games will be played at Finley Stadium.

Financial reports for all sport championships and bowling were approved by the Board.

The Board also voted to change the postseason wrestling format beginning in 2022. The individual state tournament will now be a 16-person bracket for each classification (Division I Small, Division I Large, and Girls). An additional sectional round was added to the postseason for the individual tournaments. The Division II format will be determined at a later date.

Four schools were approved for membership in the association. Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and Robertson County Innovation Academy were both approved for membership in the association for the first time. Jackson Central Merry, which is re-opening for the 2021-22 school year after being closed for five years, and Collegiate School of Memphis were both approved to rejoin the association.

A big change for member schools for the summer was passed, as modifications to the COVID-19 protocols were approved that will allow schools to participate in team camps and 7-on-7 in football, as long as they follow the TSSAA calendar and the COVID-19 protocols that are in place.

The Legislative Council made a change to the Home School Rule by removing the requirement for families to notify the Director of Schools/Head of School of their intent to participate as a homeschool student by August 1. The deadline for families to notify the Principal of the school remains. The Council also added sectional wrestling to the percentage share of gross proceeds submitted to the state office for the postseason.

The minutes for both the Board of Control and Legislative Council meetings are linked below.

Documents

Board of Control Minutes (March 16, 2021) (PDF) Legislative Council Minutes (March 16, 2021) (PDF)

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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