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Monday, September 26, 2011

More on the score management policy

The CIAC decided not to take any action against Northwest Catholic and its head coach Mike Tyler for violating the state's score management policy in a 52-0 win over Weaver on Saturday. Read about the ruling here.

A team violates the policy when they defeat an opponent by more than 50 points. If a team is found in violation, the head coach could face a one-game suspension.

Here's some information from Matt Fischer, the director of information services at the CIAC, in response to an e-mail I sent him regarding the policy.

Since the policy went into effect for the 2006 season, there have been five games with margins in excess of 50 points. (Four out of 3,565 games played from 2006-2010.)

Northwest Catholic 52, Weaver 0 (9/24/11)
Enfield 52, Wilcox 0 (11/21/08)
Berlin 57, Farmington 0 (10/12/07)
East Hartford 60, Fermi 0 (9/29/06)
Bridgeport Central 56, Bassick 0 (9/15/06)

In three of the four previous cases before 2011, the penalty was overturned on appeal with East Hartford being the exception.

Compare that to the 2005 season where there were 20 games over 50 points, including scores such as 90-0, 64-0, 67-6 and 77-6.

Fischer said that "the CIAC reviews all of its policies regularly and will make adjustments or changes as appropriate. The policy was changed this year from being an automatic suspension to an automatic review. Part of the reason for that change is a feeling by the committee that a vast majority of coaches are doing what they are supposed to be doing. This policy will be regularly reviewed and monitored just as all of our policies are."

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