It looks like the high school football “Weekend of Champions” could be held without the class 4A division I and II teams next season. According to a report from our friend Kevin Melton, a committee is putting together a proposal that will take the two 4A games out of Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
The reason for the proposal is, of course, money. Apparently, the close to 60,000 dollar charge to use the stadium during the Weekend of Champions is getting a little steep. There is no clear alternative site to move the games, although there are some high schools in Columbia that are offering to help. The committee would like to keep the games at a college venue though.
You know, call me old fashioned, but I still think ALL of the games should be played at one place every year. The event already isn’t the same since class 1A split into two divisions and started playing their games in Orangeburg. The beauty of the Weekend of Champions is the spectacle of it. All of the best team’s converging to one stadium to duke it out on one field for the state title. You could set up shop and watch great football all day and into the night.
It looks like those days are numbered. Class 2A is already looking to expand to two divisions and now we hear this news about the 4A programs looking elsewhere for their games. Oh, and there was the whole notion that USC was receiving a recruiting advantage by having the games in Columbia. Apparently looking at a map was to see that Columbia is centrally located and the most ideal spot in the state to hold the games was too much for some. And that “recruiting advantage” has helped USC go 3-7 against Clemson over the past ten years.
Pardon the grammar, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Please, for the love of the quickly dwindling number of things still sacred in sports, don’t ruin the high school football Weekend of Champions.